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Much of the energy and character of the 1960s emerged from the Civil Rights Movement, which won its greatest victories in the early years of the decade. The movement itself was changing. Many of the civil rights activists pushing for school desegregation in the 1950s were middle-class and middle-aged. In the 1960s, a new student movement arose whose members wanted faster changes in the segregated South. Confrontational protests, marches, boycotts, and sit-ins increased.