Top 10 Events of Civil Rights Era

Why was the Civil Rights Era so revolutionary? Take a closer look at a few of the most significant events that defined this time period!

1. Supreme Court Cases

2. Rosa Parks Arrest

On December 1, 1955, a black woman and NAACP member named Rosa Parks was arrested for sitting in the white only section on a public bus. Her story stimulated a stronger fight for the civil rights of blacks.
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3. Montgomery Bus Boycott

Led by MLK Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference(SCLC), this boycott successfully ended bus segregation in 1956.
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4. Jackie Robinson in Major League Baseball

Jackie Robinson's accomplishments during his 1947 season with the Brooklyn Dodgers gained much respect and pioneered a world of athletics for African-Americans.
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5. Interstate Highway Act of 1956

Under President Eisenhower, $27 billion were spent for new highways in order to increase transportation efficiency and suburbanization in America.
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6. Sputnik

On October 4, 1957, the Soviet Union sent "Sputnik" into space. It was the first artificial Earth Satellite, an accomplishment stimulated by the Space Race.
Launch of Sputnik, October 4, 1957

7. Formation of NASA

In response to Sputnik, NASA was formed in 1958 under President Eisenhower. The National Aeronautics and Space Association is the government's space agency still today.
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8. Election of John F. Kennedy

The election of John F. Kennedy, in 1960, is one of the most memorable. The democrat beat out Vice President Nixon in a close race.
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9. Nixon-Kennedy Debates

During the election of 1960, the debates between candidates JFK and Richard Nixon were televised for the first time in American history. This changed the american impression of presidential elections forever and is something we still do today.
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JFK Nixon Debate

10. Eisenhower Doctrine

On January 5, 1957, President Dwight D. Eisenhower promised that the U.S. would aid any Middle East countries who were against communism.
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