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"The civil rights movement achieved a great deal in the 1950s and 1960s." Do sources A to F prove that this interpretation is correct?

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"The civil rights movement achieved a great deal in the 1950s and 1960s." Do sources A to F prove that this interpretation is correct? " The American Civil Rights Movement is one of the most momentous events in the history of the American Republic. It dates from the Brown vs. Topeka Supreme Court desegregation decision (1954) to the passage of the Voting Rights Act (1965), but of course the struggle began long before that and continues today. The hope of real freedom for the emancipated slaves after the Civil War was quashed by racist state governments after the withdrawal of Federal troops in the 1870s. The gains achieved by blacks are gradually eroded by racist Jim Crow legislation and extra legal terror fomented by the Klu Klux Klan. Lynchings and mob violence throughout the South cowed blacks into submission and prevented them from voting. The economic deprivation and terror caused a small numbers of blacks to migrate north and after World War I (1914-18) this migration increased significantly. ...read more.

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Source B 'shows a black student on her way to enrol at the all-white central high school in Little Rock, Arkansas, September 1957.This source is a reliable as it is photographic evidence that the event occurred. The photo clearly shows that racism is still a large part of life in the south, however this picture highlights the racist views of a large percentage of the white south. The fact that the photo points out the racism in the south can help raise awareness, contributing to full civil rights in the United States. Martin Luther King became involved in the Civil Rights movement and at the time a member of the executive committee of the NAACP. The more established leaders were afraid to get involve when Rosa Parks was arrested and the Black community wondered if they could take any meaningful action. Dr, King's leadership in organizing the response--a boycott of the city busses brought him into the national spotlight. He wisely promoted non-violent resistance, even when exposed to brutal state sponsored and extra-legal violence. ...read more.

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The source tells us that there were problems with inter-race relations at that point in time but that does not mean it gives us a broad enough spectrum in which to conclude if or if not the civil rights movement achieved a great deal. Source E shows the percentage of black people of voting age registered to vote in the south, 1964-71. In a few states there has been a large increase in the number of black people registered to vote, these states have shown improvement and can be considered as achieving a great deal. The downsides to these statistics are the facts that in Florida only around 50% of black people were registered to vote and also in North Carolina and Tennessee the number of black voters has decreased. This source can be relied on in the sense that these are official figures. However, the statistics do not give the number of white people registered to vote ergo you cannot make a comparison and conclude if these figures show that a great deal has bean achieved. By Jake Taylor. Jake Taylor 1 ...read more.

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