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Civil Unrest in the 1960s: Riots and Their Aftermath by Wil Mara

By Wil Mara

This interesting sequence takes a glance at significant occasions all through U.S background throughout the eyes of these who lived to witness them

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One of the officers aimed his pistol at the driver, and seconds later the weapon discharged, killing the man instantly. Whether the shot was intentional or accidental became a point of speculation. The officer, who was cleared of all charges, argued that the car had unexpectedly moved forward, causing the gun to fire inadvertently. But black residents in the area were suspicious, and their anger likely contributed to the tension that led to the Watts outbreak. 59 Civil Unrest in the 1960s By the following morning the situation had generally calmed down—but community leaders were fearful of more violence that night.

In spite of all this a large segment of Americans stood by the war and its intentions, and thus opposed the antiwar movement. Those who held these more conservative beliefs criticized protesters, calling them unpatriotic and unaware of the magnitude of what was at stake. They said the protesters didn’t understand the dangers of appeasing invaders such as Ho Chi Minh. When the Nazi leader Adolf Hitler was handed Czechoslovakia in 1938 under the assumption that he would then refrain from waging war elsewhere in Europe, did it work out that way?

Instead, an angry crowd formed, and a rumor spread that two white policemen had beaten a pregnant black woman to death. Gerald Early, a resident of the area at the 54 Some Early Riots of the 1960s Looting takes place in the open as mobs riot in Philadelphia in 1964. time, remembers, “Rumor spread along Columbia Avenue and its environs that a pregnant black woman had been beaten to death by a white cop. ” The untrue rumor was believed, causing the crowd to turn vengeful, and soon people began rioting.

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