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The subject of a long and arduous political battle, and the goal of millions of tireless activists, the Civil Rights Act guaranteed political, social, and racial freedom for all American citizens, regardless of race, color, or creed. During the 1960s, under the direction of civil rights pioneers like Martin Luther King, Jr., throngs of Americans – both black and white – staged nonviolent protests, loud marches, and influential boycotts all over the country to put an end to racist practices. Their tactics worked: as part of his platform during the 1960 presidential election, John F. Kennedy promised to pass a new civil rights bill guaranteeing these freedoms. Once in the White House, he established a President’s Committee on Equal Employment Opportunities, but was assassinated in November 1963. His successor, Lyndon Johnson, dutifully carried out the administrative work Kennedy started and signed the Civil Rights Act in June 1964. It had gone through a tough battle in Congress, and when it was signed in the White House’s East Room, Johnson had the event televised. He also used 75 pens to sign the document, and gave them all away as mementoes – mostly to men who were indispensable to the Bill’s passing, like Dr. King.
What is the meaning of bias, prejudice, and racism? Why don’t you think they have a place in our world?
With its borders defined by either colonial treaties or impenetrable geographic features, the state of Idaho is a true “frontier state.” Until its discovery by the Lewis & Clark Expedition in 1805, Idaho was populated by roughly 8,000 Native Americans, and today, the face of the state has changed little. In fact, the name “Idaho” is a Shoshone term meaning “gem of the mountains,” as Idaho is classified as a mountain state (though much of it sits in the Columbia River drainage basin). After its discovery, Idaho was visited by the usual “Wild West” goers: either travelers of the Oregon Trail, religious pilgrims, or gold rushers. Soon, towns began to form, and the most populous areas were the capital of Boise and Coeur d’Alene. Settlers were dependent on the mining and logging industries By 1889, the University of Idaho was founded, and a year later what was once property of Spain, England, and even Russia became an American state. As one of those rare states that have more square miles of untainted land than they do people, Idaho is six times the size of all New England combined. Idaho is famous for its hot springs, Sun Valley (a winter sports haven), roughly 3,900 square miles of untouched natural land, and of course, Idaho potatoes!
Idaho is unique in the amount of land – roughly 3,000 square miles – in which you will not find roads or infrastructure. Why is it important to preserve our natural habitats?