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  • Civil rights history in the American West is a multiracial narrative. The axes of racial discrimination were diverse and ultimately more complicated than the Jim Crow South's black-white racial binary, noted historian Mark Brilliant (2010). Western civil rights activism began in earnest with the labor struggles of the 1930s. Thereafter, civil rights movements evolved. The Cold War and ethnic power movements of the radical 1960s forged new directions in civil rights reform.

    Civil Rights Prior to World War II

    Civil rights activism in the American West prior to World War II was intertwined with the labor movement and internationalism. Struggles over labor rights in the 1930s and 1940s foreshadowed civil rights issues of later decades. During the Great Depression, labor activists fought to secure equality in ...

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