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"The life of American blacks has undoubtedly improved since the 1950's" Using the sources G, H, I, J and K how far would you agree with this interpretation of the changes in the life of American blacks?

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Q.5 "The life of American blacks has undoubtedly improved since the 1950's" Using the sources G, H, I, J and K how far would you agree with this interpretation of the changes in the life of American blacks? The interpretation I would have before examining these sources is that yes there has been changes in the black's lives but, for the better. In source G, it shows the laws that were passed to make life better for blacks "civil rights act - made racial discrimination in housing illegal." These laws suggest that life for the blacks has undoubtedly improved as the legislation outlaws discrimination and ensures voting rights, and fair allocations of houses. I think this is a milestone for blacks they now have freedom and are not treated like lower class citizens. ...read more.

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This source mightn't be wholly reliable as we don't know weather or not the person writing it is black or white but is useful as we se the amazing changes in black's lives, for the better throughout the years. In source I it shows the position of African Americans from 1960 to 1996: "1965 - 280 number of black elected officials 1993 - 7,552" This tells us that life has improved somewhat as the black's house hold income, high school graduation rate, black Americans as a percentage and the number of blacks elected officials had risen, Showing us that, to an extent, there lives have undoubtedly changed. Then there are the points such as the unemployment rate rising as does the numbers of discrimination complaints, maybe things have got worse? ...read more.

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Source K again shows us blacks getting treated unfairly, as the policemen who beat up blackman Rodney King were not found guilty of assault. Although there assault was caught on amateur video, they got away with it. This gives us a memory back to the 50's where William Zanzinger was given only a 6 month sentence for murdering a black waiter called Hattie Carroll, this proving to us that some things never change. This source is both reliable and useful as we can see even though the civil rights movement was successful, there is still discrimination towards blacks people out there. In conclusion sources J and K disagree with the question, and are both reliable, but the other three agree although source J and K show no change I don't think this is overwhelming, and that the other sources are and there lives have improved but not undoubtly. ...read more.

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