It was the federal government that did the most to ensure civil rights in America between 1954 and 1968. During this time the Jim Crow system in the Southern states was dismantled and black Americans were no longer denied equal access to education, transport, leisure facilities and the vote. The civil rights protestors might have attracted the headlines, but it was the actions of the president (particularly Lyndon Johnson) and the Supreme Court that actually brought about the change.
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