Civil Rights and the 1950s: Crash Course US History #39

In which John Green teaches you about the early days of the Civil Rights movement.

By way of providing context for this, John also talks a bit about wider America in the 1950s.

The 1950s are a deeply nostalgic period for many Americans, but there is more than a little idealizing going on here. The 1950s were a time of economic expansion, new technologies, and a growing middle class. America was becoming a suburban nation thanks to cookie-cutter housing developments like the Levittowns.

While the white working class saw their wages and status improve, the proverbial rising tide wasn’t lifting all proverbial ships. A lot of people were excluded from the prosperity of the 1950s. Segregation in housing and education made for some serious inequality for African Americans.

As a result, the Civil Rights movement was born.

John will talk about the early careers of Martin Luther King, Thurgood Marshall, Rosa Parks, and even Earl Warren.

He’ll teach you about Brown v Board of Education, and the lesser known Mendez vs Westminster, the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and all kinds of other stuff.

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