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US Civil Rights Sources Questions

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GCSE History Coursework: US Civil Rights Question 1a. What type of discrimination is shown in Source 2? The type of discrimination shown here is segregation, and in this picture it is at a water fountain. Question 1b. How does Source 1 support what is happening in Source 2? Source 1 is an account of Martin Luther King describing life for a typical black person growing up in the south. He says, "On your job you would eat in a separate place and use a water fountain and lavatory labelled coloured." Question 2. What other types of discrimination are shown in Sources 1 - 5? In Source 1 there are many different examples of discrimination, for example you were born into a Jim-crow hospital, you would live in a ghetto and the housing would be bad, you had to play on the streets because all the coloured parks were poor, Segregation at the workplace and not having the right to vote. In Source 3 there is very strong discrimination against businesses owned by coloured people and bus companies had a policy that black drivers were for black passengers and white drivers for white passengers. In 1933 Texas prohibited blacks and whites boxing or wrestling together. An Arkansas law in 1937 required segregation at all racetracks and gaming establishments. Source 4 is a young girl called Anne Moody who is now very frightened of getting killed just for the colour of their skin. ...read more.

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In the picture we can see that they are surrounded by whites and are being abused. The whites are smearing them with mustard and sauce and are being sprayed with paint. You can see the whites laughing and having a good time. The three civil rights supporters are non-violent and are not giving any abuse back at them. This picture is a useful source as it shows two sides, the whites that are abusing the supporters and the white that is a supporter also. This tells us that not all whites hate blacks and some actually fight for black civil rights. Question 6. 'Bob Dylan promoted the civil rights movement' How accurate is this view of Bob Dylan's motives for writing 'The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carrol' This view is not very accurate, as other factors are included in the motives of writing this song. The first motive is fame, every singer wants fame and to get it you need to sing about what they want. Also some people may become long-term fans and continue listening to his music. Another motive for this song could be the money; Dylan could have just been in it for the money. Another motive could be a true morale he has to support the black civil rights activists. He could have truly supported the AWM and may have been a supporter himself. One man called Patrick Humphries who wrote books on Dylan. He knew Dylan very well and gives a positive view of Dylan. ...read more.

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This shows an improvement as the black mans confidence has risen. Source 16 is a source about a journalist who travelled through southern America wrote about the following. He wrote all about the blacks and whites eating lunch together and integrated in the workplaces. Also he mentions how the police teams were made up of blacks and whites. This source shows us some of the good things other sources don't. For example other sources usually say how there is no integration or blacks and whites eating together. This source shows the earlier improvements that are not mentioned in many other sources. Source 17 is a statement by Donald Hill a black professor of law at Texas Southern University. He says the same thing, as above only that there is only integration at work until 5 o'clock when the blacks and whites retreat to their own isolated worlds. This source is a view and does not support a wider view but his own. Source 18 is 'Civil Rights in America 1945-89' by Tony Lancaster. He mentions some black actors and how they have films built around their personalities. He also mentions that the ghettos are a reason for the high crime rates and drug problems. This is all down to inequality in housing and the area surrounding. This source is a neutral source and has its own capabilities. I agree with the statement that the life of American blacks has undoubtedly changed since the 1950's. There is a lot of evidence supporting this but also some evidence that goes against it. Joseph McKevitt S2E ...read more.

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