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Civil Rights Movement
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The Civil Rights Movement was a nonviolent social movement for racial equality. It successfully eradicated racial discrimination in the laws and social customs of the United States. The movement for racial justice began prior to the American Civil War (1861-1865) and sought to enable African Americans to participate fully in society through such activities as voting, running for elective office, and enjoying the benefits of freedom. One of the most influential 19th-century civil r…

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Franklin, Robert, “Civil Rights Movement”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 21 January 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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