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

"The Civil Rights Movement achieved a great deal in 1950's and 1960's" Do sources C to J prove that this interpretation is correct? Explain your answer using the sources and your own knowledge.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

History Coursework Question 3: "The Civil Rights Movement achieved a great deal in 1950's and 1960's" Do sources C to J prove that this interpretation is correct? Explain your answer using the sources and your own knowledge. After looking at sources C to J that show the Civil Rights Movement was a success but it had its limitations. Source C is a table showing the desegregation of schools in some of the southern states in America. The source tells me that the CRM did achieve integrating the schools and getting black children to school. I know this because during 1961 and 1962 their were 8 out of 11 states who had schools that were integrated and comparing 1957 to 1962 it shows that the number of black students has doubled due to the Civil Rights Act being passed by President Eisenhower. Although source C tells us that the CRM is going in the right direction, it doesn't actually prove that all of the CRM's aims were achieved. Also, from my own knowledge, the state of Alabama didn't have integrated schools until 1963 and it was the last state in southern America to do so. So it took 9 years, from when the Civil Rights movement started its campaign for integrated schools, until the major racial states in the south actually got rid of segregated schools. ...read more.

Middle

The source also doesn't tell us how much involvement the government had in the CRM for example when the government sent troops to Little Rock to ensure the safety of 9 black students. Source F is from a political speech made by James Foreman in April 1969 just after MLK had been killed. James Foreman believed in violence and that blacks were better than whites instead of equal. The source doesn't mention the CRM but it does convey the image of the black's bravery and courage to fight for what they believe in. In this source it proves that the CRM had filed in one of its aims; to prevent violence. With the loss of MLK and the influence of Malcolm X, Stokey Carmichael and the Black Power movement who were encouraging black people to change their religion to the Islamic faith. Source G is from a U.S. magazine written and published in August 1967. The source shows a dialogue involving 4 young boys. The source doesn't mention any successes of the Civil Rights movement. Source G does tell us of some of the CRM's failures. For example that it was unsuccessful because of the rioting in Americas major Cities like Watts, Newark and Harlem. ...read more.

Conclusion

In Mississippi, at the time, the CRM had not achieved a great deal and there was still corruption in the local police, mayors, judges, juries and verdicts of cases involving black people. There was still lynching and death apparent in the state. The film was directed by a white person and so some people could see the film as one-sided as the white people sort the problems out in the film. As the film is made in Hollywood the role of the CRM and the FBI could have been glamorised to add made tension and suspense between the different characters. The source shows us some downfalls of the CRM for example that in some areas the white people's power was far beyond the blacks like in areas that the KKK is strong. In conclusion sources C to J all show the strengths and the achievements of the Civil Rights Movement even though they also show the weaknesses of the CRM. In the 1950's and 1960's it achieved a great things but they also prove that more could be done but the CRM is moving in the right direction. To summarise there are 4 of the 8 sources which have more positive information about the Civil Rights Movement. The sources show the struggle that the black people went through to achieve their dreams. The sources are of very different material and give a wide range of opinions towards the CRM. Stephanie Glenny 11LD ...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. Peer reviewed

    Do you agree that Martin Luther King was the most important factor in helping ...

    4 star(s)

    They were attempting to get desegregation on long distance buses. Whilst the freedom rides got some attention, finally getting a law passed in 1961, months after the first protest, they contributed little to the whole cicil rights movement. It does however show that King was not the only person using peaceful methods to make a stand.

  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

  1. Civil Rights-Do you agree that Martin Luther King was the most important factor in ...

    So he was led rather than him doing the leading. They continued in some areas of the South until and even after the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 declared segregation at lunch counters unlawful. In addition, the technique of the sit-ins was used to integrate other public

  2. Why did Black Civil Rights Movement Develop in the 1950's?

    Rosa Parks is a prime example of how some of the blacks started to behave; she stood up for what she believed in and did not stand up when she was told to move on a bus. She got arrested for this, and once again the new technologies and communications

  1. Why did the civil rights movement gain so much support in the 1950s and ...

    Therefore, the pressure for Civil Rights continued to grow during the early 1960's. Segregation was still a big problem in the South and many young blacks were determined for change. It was this reality which led to four young black students ordering food at a North Carolina Whites-only lunch counter.

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

    More than 20 years earlier, in the Scottsborough Case of 1932 and 1935, the Supreme Court had shown its potential for advancing the cause of civil rights. Other examples of cases in which civil rights issues were being addresses in the courts prior to the 1950s can be seen in Gaines vs.

  1. Free essay

    To some people the 1960s were the best of times, to others it was ...

    Also a big increase in sexually transmitted diseases occurred. The "swinging sixties" were a great time to be young because of the new music and fashions. However it was a bad time to be older and see the traditional methods of life slipping out of the window.

  2. Describe role of Malcolm X in struggle for civil rights in the 1960's.

    The fact that King (the leader of the civil rights movement) commentated on X's tactics shows how influential X was to others. Malcolm X also criticised King in his techniques in the struggle for the struggle for equality. For example X disagreed with the use of children in the 'Children's Crusade'.

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