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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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"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? These sources do show us some improvement in American Black society, but there has not been a significant amount of reform. Certainly there has been change from what we have seen and read in sources A-E compared to what we are shown in F-K. Sources A-E show us bad points in segregation in America, and the injustice and discrimination that blacks went through. But sources G-J do show us some sign of improvement. ...read more.

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Source I shows us some statistics of Blacks, some which state improvement, and some which don't. all these statistics have not been compared to other statistics from other years throughout this period of time. They do not show much improvement, but that doesn't rule out the possibility that there has been a slight improvement. In source J, improvement is outlined in the first paragraph "a black 'elite' or privileged group- composed mainly of doctors, lawyers, teachers..." This quote shows us that some blacks have managed to achieve high paid jobs, and that they can also achieve what whites can achieve. The next two paragraphs in source J tells us how life for many blacks hasn't changed at all "...and blacks still fill more of the less-skilled and low-paid jobs when they do find employment." ...read more.

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These 4 policemen had hit King 56 times as he lay on the ground, and this beating lasted over a period of 81 seconds. A passerby of this incident had videotaped the beating and even with this evidence, the four men got off lightly. This triggered off the worst Negro riots in American history, with 55 people killed, and 2,500 seriously injured. In conclusion, life for American Blacks has improved slightly, but not undoubtedly. Even to this day, the blacks live in ghettos, which contain drug related crimes and so on. Some of the sources above outline some improvement, but not much, and in the final few sources, improvement lessens. Life for Blacks in America has changed, but not by much. ...read more.

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