Slavery and Civil Rights
Slavery and the Abolitionist Movement
Slavery continued until 1865, when abolitionists argued against its conditions as violating Christian principals and rights to equality.
Abolitionism and the Women's Rights Movement
Many women involved in the early abolitionist movement went on to be important leaders in the early women's rights and suffrage movements.
The Civil War Amendments
The Civil War Amendments protected equality for emancipated slaves by banning slavery, defining citizenship, and ensuring voting rights.
Separate but Equal
Separate but equal laws supported segregation in the south by stating that providing comparable public services did not violate equal rights.
Organizing for Equality: The NAACP
The NAACP, which was founded in 1909, advocates for full civil liberties and an end to racial discrimination and violence.
Litigating for Equality after World War II
Post-WWI civil rights were expanded through court rulings such as Brown v. Board of Education (1954), which helped integrate public schools.