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How Rosa Parks's Protest Sparked a Momentous Chain of Events

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How Rosa Parks's Protest Sparked a Momentous Chain of Events

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On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give up her bus seat to a white male. Her arrest sparked a citywide boycott against Montgomery buses -- which brought them to the brink of bankruptcy. According to Parks, the murder of Emmett Till influenced her actions.


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It's a decade many consider to be America's glory years, despite fearful conflicts at home and abroad. Join us as we revisit the 1950s, when families reaped unprecedented riches, teens discovered rock 'n' roll, and a nation found itself in the throes of civil unrest and on the losing end of the Space Race. Through digital colorization, we present the most significant moments of this incredible decade like they've never been shown before, including the Korean War, the Little Rock Nine, Elvis Presley, and more.

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