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World War II & Post-War

Civil Rights in Nevada

In the 1950s and 1960s, across the nation African-Americans were battling to receive basic civil rights.  These rights were guaranteed by the Constitution, but often denied by local law and racial prejudice, particularly in the American southern states.  Prejudice and discrimination was not limited to the South, however.  Nevada and other western states also withheld civil rights from African-Americans and other ethnic and racial groups.

In Nevada, African-Americans organized to obtain their rights and to end discrimination and segregation in public places.  The battle for civil rights was not quick, but African-American leaders were determined and eventually succeeded in lowering many racial barriers.

Reader: Terry Sullivan

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Special Collections, University of Nevada, Reno, Library