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Does the evidence in sources B and C support Elizabeth Eckfords account of what happened at Little Rock?

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Civil Rights in the USA Question 2 Does the evidence in sources B and C support Elizabeth Eckford's account of what happened at Little Rock? Source A is an extract from Elizabeth Eckford's 'The long Shadow of Little Rock'. Source B is an extract of an article which was published in the New York Times in September 1957. The journalist who wrote the article describes the reactions of the white people who either went to or had children going to Little Rock High as the black students entered the school. Source C is a picture of Elizabeth Eckford as she walked towards Little Rock High for the first time in September 1957. ...read more.

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In source C various people are following Elizabeth shouting at her or looking at her as if to intimidate, to scare her away. In source A Elizabeth also wrote that the crowd, 'glared at me with mean look and I was very frightened.' From this quote it is clear to see that she was 'frightened' and in source C you can see from her face that she is scared but she seems to be concentrating on one thing and trying blanking out the people around her. The guards in the background of source C are doing nothing to help Elizabeth even though they were supposed to protect her-some of them are looking away pretending that she and the angry crowd aren't there whilst others are just standing there staring at her. ...read more.

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Also in source C there are a number of faces in the crowd behind Elizabeth, but none of them friendly. These faces are either shouting, laughing, glaring or total unmoved by it, as if were a daily occurrence. From the all of the evidence provided in sources B and C it is clear that both of them support Elizabeth Eckford's account of things in source A. All of the sources describe or show different evidence as to how the crowd reacted when the first nine black students enrolled at Little Rock High. As far as we know all of the sources are independent of each other, which means that there was no co-operation between the makers of the sources and this adds to the reliability of the sources. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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