Top 10 Most Important Events
Civil Rights Era
1. Brown vs. Board of Education
Topeka, Kansas, May 1954. The court ruled that racial segregation in public schools was unequal and therefore unconstitutional. This ruling overturned the declaration in the Plessy v. Ferguson and created an outrage from all conservatives and southern whites in general.
3. Interstate Highway Act
Eisenhower's largest public works act, passed in 1956. It was a plan to build forty-two thousand miles of modern highways, costing $26 billion dollars. This act created thousands of new jobs as well as accelerated the migration of american people from cities to the suburbs.
5. Montgomery Bus Boycott
Following Rosa Parks' arrest, African Americans banded together in a year long boycott of the city's bus system, and chose to walk everywhere instead. The Montgomery Bus Boycott sent a message throughout the south that blacks would no longer stand for public segregation and racial injustice.
9. Nixon/Kennedy Debates
For the first time, television had a large impact on the presidential election. While many saw former vice president Nixon as more experienced, democratic candidate JFK was able to hold his own in the four debates that took place. Americans across the nation watched, and many found Kennedy more appealing, although no one "won" the debates.