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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? In my opinion I do not believe that the civil right movement achieved a great deal in the 1950's and 1960's. This is because many black people were still being treated badly and not as fairly as the white people. Source A shows that in the southern states more black children were allowed into schools in 1961-1962 than in 1956-1957. Only three states, Mississippi, South Carolina and Alabama, did not let any black children into desegregated schools. Even though these states were letting in black children the percentage was still very low, the highest percentage being, 1.420% from Texas. These percentages are so low because black children were still not attending desegregated schools. Only a handful of children were attending and even though this is an achievement by the civil rights act it still was not a great achievement. In Texas for example 4,300 black children attended desegregated schools in 1961-2, but the percentage of black children was still only 1.420%. So in my opinion I do not think that source A does not suggest that the civil rights movement achieved a great deal in the 50' and 60's. ...read more.

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He goes on to describe the sit-ins and freedom rides on the buses in 1960 and 1961. But, even at the start of the quote Martin Luther king says, "the distance we still have to go." This shows that even Martin Luther King knows there is still a long way to go for the civil rights act for black people. He understands that his non-violent action has achieved a lot for black people but it is still not enough for a fair, equal life for the black people. I think that Source shows that the civil rights movement has achieved lots of little things but they have still yet to achieve a great deal for black people. Source D is a conversation between young black men, which was published in an American Magazine in 1967. The young black men are describing what they have just done in the Detroit riots where black people smashed and burned white people properties. This completely goes against Martin Luther King's ideas of a peaceful non- violent approach to gaining civil rights. In source D the young black men describe the riot the worst in history and they are proud of what they have done. ...read more.

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The Ku Klux Klan, a white racist group, burnt down the black peoples churches. Even the police were involved in some of the beating of the black people so when the civil rights workers are killed they do not help the FBI. This shows that the white people just don't care about the civil right laws. But in the end the FBI find out who killed the civil rights workers and they are sent to prison. But this shows that the civil rights movements have not done enough to stop black people getting hurt or killed. In my opinion I believe that the civil rights movement did achieve quite a lot in the 1950's and 60's but still black people are treated badly. So this means that the civil rights movement has not done enough for the black people. We need to consider sources and statistics from the 1970's and 80's to see whether black people were treated better or to see if they were treated better. So I think that sources A to F do not back up the statement that the civil rights movement have achieved a great deal in the 1950's and 60's although I believe sources from the 1970's and 80's would back these sources up. Words 1233 By Anthony Reynolds ...read more.

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