integration, in U.S. history, the goal of an organized movement to break down the barriers of discrimination and segregation separating African Americans from the rest of American society. Racial segregation was peculiar neither to the American South nor to the United States (see apartheid).
Sections in this article:
- Reconstruction to 1954
- 1954 to 1963
- The 1964 Civil Rights Act to the Present
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