1950's and 1960's
by Zach Taylor and Bree Sherwood
1950's Cultural aspect
Political Aspects of the 1950's
Judicial decisions in the 1950's
Many important judicial decisions from the 1950’s were decided in the Warren Court. It is called the Warren court because Earl Warren was the chief of justice in the United States Supreme Court at the time. During his time of being chief of justice he made huge impacts on the nation; He expanded civil rights for African Americans. One important judicial decision that was made while Warren was in the court was Brown v. Board of Education which overturned the Plessy v. Ferguson ruling that made things separate but equal for African Americans; It made it possible for African American students to go to school.
An important person from the 1950’s was Rosa Parks. Rosa was apart of National Association for the Advancement of Colored People(NAACP); Rosa and the association had a plan that they hoped would change everything. Rosa Parks was instructed to go on a bus and sit in the white people’s area, when she refused to move she was arrested for violating the law. This incident caused a huge uproar in the African American community and they started to unite and boycott the bus lines. Years of boycotting lead to the desegregation of the bus system in Alabama; their plan worked.
1955, The Murder of Emmett Till
An important event that happened in the 1950’s was the murder of Emmett Till. The men were after him because days prior he whistled at a white women which was frowned upon for an African American boy to do. On August 28, 1955, he was kidnapped and murdered by the two white men. Emmett’s body was found in the river on August 31. This caused a lot of commotion in the town which helped the civil rights movement speed up.