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How successful had the Civil Rights Movement been by the late 1960s? (20)

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How successful had the Civil Rights Movement been by the late 1960s? (20) By the late 1960s, the civil rights movement had not been as successful as most Blacks would have liked. Things like the Buss Boycott of 1955 and the lynching of Emmett Till, a fourteen year old schoolboy, really paved the way for change. People like Martin Luther King and Malcolm X were the driving force behind the civil rights movement. Although Blacks had success during the civil rights movement, the problems with racism continued in most areas. From 1964 to 1968, the average income for black families roes from $5,921 to $7,603. Despite this, the average income for white families was still $5,000 higher. ...read more.

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In 1965 50% of blacks lived in city ghettos, with poor housing and healthcare as well as an inadequate educational system. Towards the end of 1966, the slogan 'Black Power' became popular and a lot of blacks abandoned Martin Luther King's ideas and joined groups like the Black Panthers. Black Panther members carried guns and many whites were frightened of them and other similar groups. Martin Luther King's controversial murder in 1968, prompted more violence. King had been being watched by the F.B.I and they saw him as a troublemaker. Many people thought his murder was part of a major conspiracy and Blacks rioted once again with whites, claiming 'White America' had killed Martin Luther King. ...read more.

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In conclusion, I believe that the civil rights movement wasn't very successful because Blacks still faced problems 30 years on and many blacks were killed during the civil rights movement, including Martin Luther King. This was because, even though the law changed, people's attitudes did not; this was one of the reasons the civil rights movement wasn't very successful. I also think one of the factors was the timing. The civil rights laws had been put in place and many blacks wanted them to work straight away, this wasn't the case, the laws had to be given time to start making a difference. I do, however think than, at the time blacks must have felt relieved that anything was being done. As they had lived in an inferior position for so long, any change would have been welcomed. ?? ?? ?? ?? Daniel Cross History CW Mr Walters ...read more.

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