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The main reason for the ending of segregation was the influence of TV. Do you agree?

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The main reason for the ending of segregation was the influence of TV. Do you agree? Segregation and discrimination due to race was made completely illegal by 1970. 1954 saw the end to legal segregation in schools; in 1955 it was made illegal to practise segregation on busses. The Civil Rights Act was passed in 1957, which outlawed racial discrimination in employment, restaurants, hotels, amusement arcades, and any facilities receiving government money. In 1965 the Voting Rights Act was imposed to prohibit any discrimination with respect to voting and in 1967 the Supreme Court ruled that laws forbidding inter - racial marriage would be made illegal under the constitution. In 1968 the Civil Rights Act was amended to include that discrimination with regards to housing would also be unlawful. There are many reasons why these laws were passed to end segregation, and in this essay I will explore these reasons and see how TV relates to it all. ...read more.


Groups such as the Black Panthers even carried guns as a means to defend themselves. This frightened white people, as they were worried that they would be attacked for being white the way they had attacked black people for being black. As a result, riots broke out in many major cities over the mid 1960s. These may have influenced some of the changes in law too, as the government would have seen the Civil Rights Act as a way to pacify the NOI so an end could be put to the violence. Another of the main reasons for the end of segregation was the Vietnam War. Much like the Second World War, black soldiers felt disillusioned by the fact they were fighting for a freedom abroad that they didn't experience at home. Some even likened their treatment at home to the ways the Jews were treated under Nazi rule. ...read more.


It was America's favourite household item, and nearly every home had one. All of the important issues could be brought into people's homes for them to see and understand. Propaganda and other biased material could also be broadcast to change viewers' opinions and to sway public sympathy. One such piece of propaganda was Martin Luthur King's "I have a dream" speech. It reached more than 300,000 civil rights organisations and was also aired around the world. TV had the ability to inform people of the current affairs as the events un-folded, and gave them enough information to make up their own minds either way. People from around the world saw what was going on in America and even joined in with protests to make changes to the laws. It may not have been the main reason that segregation was ended but TV made it come about quicker. The protests may have gone on for months, even years longer, without television to spread the messages of the oppressed black communities. ?? ?? ?? ?? Zara Swanton Question 3 ...read more.

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