100 Years of Human Rights in the U.S.

1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s

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Thumbs DownIn 1903, epileptics, professional beggars, and anarchists added to list of those excluded from entry: convicts, prostitutes, “coolies,” lunatics, idiots, and those unable to take care of themselves.

Thumbs Up W.E.B. DuBois and others meet in Niagara Falls in 1905, leading to creation of the NAACP.

Thumbs DownJim Crow laws codify segregation.

Thumbs UpIn 1906, International Typographical Union successfully strikes for an 8-hour day. Two years later, women garment workers strike in New York for better wages and working conditions in the Uprising of the 20,000. More than 300 shops eventually sign union contracts.

Thumbs Down "Imbeciles, the feeble-minded, tuberculars, persons with physical or mental defects," and those under 16 without parents excluded from entry as of 1907.

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Sarah Kuck, Catherine Bailey, Tracy Loeffelholz Dunn and Adam MacKinnon

Image Sources:
National Archives and Records Administration, Library of Congress,
U.S. Government Graphics and Photos, Wikipedia Public Domain Image Gallery


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