Desegregation within a Nation

1283 words 6 pages
English 112
Ms. Day
17 October 2013
Desegregation within a Nation During the early 1960’s African Americans faced hardships so that maybe one day they could be considered equal. They were banished, shunned and even killed by the white race in the South. During non-violent protests they were treated like animals and were ridiculed by people who were against them having equal rights. In the novel “The Help”, written by Kathryn Stockett, she goes in depth of what it was like during this era for African Americans. She ties in fictional things and events to give you a feel of what it may have been like for people back then through her characters. There were laws in the South during the Civil Rights Movement called Jim Crow
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marshals to Mississippi to make sure he was unharmed (WARE pg. 1090). In Kathryn Stockett’s novel her character Skeeter comes home to find her television on. Skeeter gets closer to the television to see an African American male about her age. There is an army of white men in dark suits around the “Negro man”, she says. He is at Ole Miss with Governor Ross Barnett, who was actually there in real life during this fictional event. Roger Sticker, a reporter in “The Help”, says “President Kennedy has ordered the governor to step aside for James Meredith, I repeat, the President of the United—“(Stockett pg.97). Another incident where African American’s were not harmed was on February 1, 1960, four African-American men go to a Woolworth in Greensboro, North Carolina. They sat down at a whites-only lunch counter and order coffee. Even though they were denied service, they still sat silently and politely at the lunch counter until closing time. Their action started the Greensboro sit-ins, which also brought similar protests all over the South by other African-Americans (Wikipedia contributors). In “The Help” the author touches this event:
“AT SUNDAY CHURCH SERVICE, Shirley Boon gets up in front of the congregation. With her lips flapping like a flag, she reminds us that the “community Concerns” meeting is Wednesday night, to discuss a sit-in at the


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