• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

GCSE History Coursework – The American Civil Rights Movement

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

GCSE History Coursework - The American Civil Rights Movement Question 1a: What type of discrimination is shown in source 2? Question 1b: How does source one support what's happening in source 2? In Source 2 we see racial discrimination in the form of segregated drinking fountains for white men and black men. Source 1 states "you would eat in a separate place and use a drinking fountain labelled coloured" and in source 2 we see visual evidence of this happening. Question 2: What types of discrimination are shown in sources 1-5? In source 1 Martin Luther King tells us that the black man suffers segregation in hospitals, schools, parks, pools, waiting rooms and are treated unjustly in the courtrooms. We are told this in this source 5. In source 3 we find that vehicles carrying black passengers had to wear a colour different and contrasting to the whites'. We also find that airport facilities were segregated along with seating and betting when concerned with sport. Inter-racial boxing and wrestling was prohibited. In source on the black right to vote was denied and promotion in a job went to your white co-worker, regardless of how much more talent you had. ...read more.

Middle

White Anglo-Saxon Protestants take up most of the Southern states. This source is unreliable because of its obvious bias but it is still useful. It shows us how southern W.A.S.P.s felt; it tells us that they would try to justify the discrimination against blacks in America any way they could.. I would gamble that Eastland did not even believe the words he said during that speech. Blacks certainly wouldn't and southern Whites would see it as an excuse to continue discriminating and justifiably, in their eyes. This man objects to the supreme court ruling and the involvement of the Federal Government. To prove this here is a quote: 'Free men have the right to send their children to schools of their own choosing, free from governmental interference.' This source does not represent all southern senators. We only have evidence that this represents one southern senator. To get the full picture we need the entire speech that he gave. He could have changed his tone further on in the speech for all we know. He is even prepared to introduce the states rights issue to win his argument: ' Free men have the right to send their children to schools of their own choosing, free from governmental interference.' ...read more.

Conclusion

The evidence used in these sources is limited and the implications made are determined by personal interpretation and above all most of the evidence is biased either towards or against blacks. Because the evidence is biased, either towards or against blacks. Because the evidence is biased and some sources contradict others it is made very hard to conclude with this evidence. Also, concerning personal interpretation it all depends on the attitude of the historian and attitudes will change undoubtedly over the next decade or so and will probably continue to change until the end of that historian's life. Despite the improvement blacks have experienced, a lot more improvements need to be made. Source 2 is an easily analysed source. It shows a segregates drinking fountain. This is not likely to be biased but we must still ask who took the photo? , Was he/she biased? , Has he/she left anything out of the picture for any reason? Also, what was the photograph taken? It is possible it was taken for a neutral source, as there is no caption. Given the right caption, this image could have a very different meaning where the photo is concerned. Source 3 tells us of the various different forms of segregation in waiting rooms, seating where sport was concerned, transport, inter-racial boxing and in other airport facilities. It simply states what the laws were. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE USA 1941-80 section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE USA 1941-80 essays

  1. History Coursework - Intolerance kkk

    The felt people were wasting all their wages on alcohol and in the saloons. They strongly felt that people's morals were slipping due to alcohol. There were a lot of members of this League and it changing the Law in 18 states and eventually America, this shows they must have been powerful.

  2. Civil Rights Coursework Sources Questions

    Eventually the campaign succeeded and the white priority system on the Alabama buses was outlawed. In terms of changing laws, this was a very small step, but more importantly it made black people realise that they could do something about the racism in America- all this stemmed from Rosa Parkes'

  1. Study Source A, The Long Shadow of little Rock . What can you learn ...

    They are useful because they show the 2 sides. However, the Sources are not useful as they do not provide everything that could have caused the rejection of Martin Luther King's methods. We would need to know what other factors as the political problems that may not allowed Martin Luther King's methods to have a fast success.

  2. Civil rights - source related study.

    entrance of black students into former white schools caused great controversy, upset and an unjustified "roar of rage." Many southern states decided to ignore the new law, and carried on with the segregation of black and white schools and for those schools who did decided to carry out integration abuse towards the schools, teachers and pupils became evident.

  1. History Civil Rights Coursework Sources Questions

    Question 3: Martin Luther King always made his aims and methods very clear. He wanted integration, to be a part of white society and be an equal part of white society. In his most famous 'I have a dream' speech, he said what he wanted: 'When we allow freedom to ring from every village...

  2. Why did a campaign for civil rights emerge in the 1950s? The civil rights ...

    had on the civil rights movement do appear to have outweighed the negative. Indeed, few would disagree with the statement that World War II brought about 'revolutionary changes that would eventually lead to a black campaign for racial justice' (Sitkoff, 1981, p.13).

  1. G.C.S.E History Coursework: Civil Rights 2

    The S.C.L.C (Southern Christian Leadership Conference) was completely opposed to this group and believed that violence was not the way to gain support from the whites. Some of the aims involved gaining equal rights under the law for black Americans and to have full integration as American citizens Skin colour was inconsequential to them.

  2. The Civil Rights Movement Project

    Eventually he was assigned to be minister if all mosques in a New York's Harlem area. He rejected integration as he was a firm believer in `black power`. Malcolm X was suspended from the `civil rights movement` by Elijah Muhammad after having made a series of extremists speeches including one

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work