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Civil rights are those legal rights granted to citizens by the government. Examples include the right to vote and anti-discrimination laws. Civil rights movements usually want equal protection of the laws for minorities, as well as new laws outlawing discrimination and its vestiges. Civil rights effectively upholds the values of positive liberty. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civil_rights [Oct 2004]

The American civil rights movement

The term civil rights movement is often used to refer to the modern-day American Civil Rights Movement to end Jim Crow segregation and extend full voting rights to African-Americans in the U.S. Deep South. In fact, however, there is no single such movement. Throughout history and around the globe, individuals and a broad range of interest groups have struggled, and continue to strive, to obtain for marginalized and disenfranchised people rights and protections consonant with those in existence for other, more assimilated or accepted members of their respective societies. Within the US, organizations such as ACORN, National Council of La Raza and the NAACP continue the struggle for civil rights. The civil rights movement has also been called the Black Freedom Movement, the Negro Revolution, the Second Reconstruction, and the Black Revolution. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civil_rights_movement [Oct 2004]

The American civil rights movement and folk music [...]

Many of this group of popular folk singers maintained an idealistic, leftist/progressive political orientation. This is perhaps not surprising. Folk music is easily identified with the ordinary working people who created it, and preserving treasured things against the claimed relentless encroachments of capitalism is likewise a goal of many politically progressive people. Thus, in the 1960s such singers as Joan Baez, Phil Ochs and Bob Dylan followed in Guthrie's footsteps and to begin writing "protest music" and topical songs, particularly against the Vietnam War, and likewise expressed in song their support for the civil rights movement. Such songs were newly written, but took their instrumentation and stanza forms from folk tradition. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Folk_music#The_emergence_of_popular_folk_artists [...]

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