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

Show that the Civil Rights movement became more successful in the 1950’s and 1960’s.

Extracts from this document...


Civil Rights 1 In this essay I will be looking at sources 1-5 and use them to show that the Civil Rights movement became more successful in the 1950's and 1960's. Source 1 is utile in helping us to understand why the civil rights movement was becoming more successful. Source 1. A time line from 1954-1968 reveals a turning in history. The bus boycott was significant because it was the first time that the Blacks had taken a stand together. What they did was to stop using the buses. Martin Luther King became the president of the NAACP, who organised the bus boycott. This was important because it showed them that they could make a difference by using none violent ways. ...read more.


Source 2 is an advert for the NAACP. It is utile as it gives us details about the group and its aims. The advert is telling us that the NAACP stands up for black people. It is quite reliable as we can cross reference it with source 1 to see educational legislation and voting gains which Kennedy (source 4) saw as important to his Presidential campaign. This group contributed greatly to the movement becoming more successful because if showed the Blacks what they could achieve if they could stick together. Source 3 a book, Oxford History USA 1917-19800 by Nigel Smith, shows us that change was happening but it was not happening quickly enough. ...read more.


In it, he talks about how Martin Lurther King was the key to real progress. This is illustrated when Rosa Parks refused to obey the segregation laws on the buses. This started off the Bus Boycott which was organised by King and inspired other people to support it and protest for better rights for Black people. Source S an extract from "The eyes on the prize," by Vincent Hardling. It tells us that Americans had to treat black people more equally. As the cold war was looming and Americans claimed to be the leaders of the "free world" they could not be seen to be racist so they had to improve their race relations. This greatly helped the Civil Rights movement as the American leaders were in the spot light and with all the added media attention they had to be seen as whiter that white. ...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. Was the Civil Rights Movement Successful?

    Young left SCLC in 1970 and Jackson resigned in 1971. The organization survived, however, and its leaders continued to oppose racial injustice and advocate greater economic opportunity for the poor. Joseph E. Lowery became SCLC president (1977- ) and led the organization in battling efforts by the administration of President Ronald Reagan (1981-1989)

  2. Civil rights - source related study.

    Instead Martin Luther King's professionalism and dedication to the non-violent civil rights movement meant that an economic and legal tactic ensured the success of the campaign. Both Martin Luther King and Malcolm X were great orators, their views affecting the way that many thought about the civil rights movement.

  1. Civil Rights Coursework Sources Questions

    Martin Luther King said that the Black Power Movement would decrease support for the black struggle. He began to campaign in Chicago to urge people to continue with his non-violent approach to campaign against poverty, but he was losing support to the more militant northern groups.

  2. The Civil Rights Movement Project

    government, and this time it wasn't just because the colour of their skin. Peaceful action brought results such as the end to segregation on buses in Montgomery thanks to the bus boycott in 1956. Mass non-violent demonstrations in Birmingham, Alabama brought about the civil rights legislation, which later became an act.

  1. History Civil Rights Coursework Sources Questions

    King and X had come to the forefront of civil rights, with their protests and their speeches, especially as in 1964 was the year that King delivered his world famous 'I have a Dream' speech. King also got his Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, and so they were great role models, even if they were black.

  2. Were the sixties swinging?

    I don't however think that it is a very reliable source. As we can see perceptions are not always correct and I have my doubts as to whether every single MOD was out all the time this is merely the way that things were perceived.

  1. GCSE History Coursework – The American Civil Rights Movement

    Everyone around at that time new what a lie it was. Blacks do not live harmoniously with whites in the South. Eastland defends segregation in a very open manner. "Segregation promotes racial harmony...segregation is not racial discrimination." We must take into consideration that the person speaking has authority and is

  2. How successful was the post war civil rights movement up to 1965?

    One of the students said, "We are willing to go to jail, be spat upon and even suffer physical violence to obtain first class citizenship". This cost restaurants a lot of business as people could not get to the counters to buy anything and they were eventually forced to desegregate.

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