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"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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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