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Why did Black Civil Rights Movement Develop in the 1950's?

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Why did Black Civil Rights Movement Develop in the 1950's? Not long prior to the 1950s the blacks faced many problems and disadvantages. There were only a selected few courses of action that the blacks could take to try and improve their living conditions and way of life. Some black people, such as Booker T. Washington, believed that they should try to learn new skills by concentrating their efforts in improving the education and training of black Americans, in order to sustain decent jobs. There were other thoughts and theories though, for example using political parties to put pressure on the government or as Marcus Garvey believed; immigrating back to Africa to build a new homeland in a country such as Liberia. Several considered living the lifestyle of a white American or using products to "whiten" their skin, others supposed that violent protest for their rights was the way to force the country to include the black community in America. The Black Americans faced many disadvantages, before and during the 1950s; for instance no freedom of speech, no right to a good education and no good health facilities such as having to share outside toilets between large groups of families. ...read more.


For instance, by the end of the war 600 blacks had been trained as pilots whereas before there were none. Campaigns such as the 'Double V' campaign were set up for victory abroad and at home, this helped the blacks fight for their rights as they knew that they had a lot of support. The media also helped the Civil Rights movement develop through music as the talented musicians such as Paul Robeson started to emerge the white community became aware of the talent that was going to waste. Many of the popular trends and fashions came from the black community's background. As these became popular white people started to ponder over what they felt about the blacks. Other countries, such as England, started letting the blacks live their own lives and looked down on the segregation and constitution laws in America. This was shown to the black Americans through the media and so seeing how they could overcome the white Americans attitudes, they got a boost of hope and the will to carry on protesting and fighting for their rights. ...read more.


This helped white people's attitudes to change and so the laws then made more of a difference in the Southern States. The active protesting, which was supported greatly by the NAACP (National Association for the advancement of Coloured People), and lead by key individuals such as Martin Luther King, who lead many peaceful protests and convinced white and black people that both races were in fact equal, to try and increase the blacks Civil Rights by making a stand. Malcolm X, who also wanted equal opportunities for the blacks, believed in using force and violence, both individuals helped to change many people's attitudes and help the Civil Rights Movement grow stronger after and during World War 2. I think that the most important factor that helped develop the Civil Rights Movement was the protesting and changing white peoples attitudes which were helped mainly by the increase of media attention. The more effective laws could not change the attitudes of people and if no one was to pay attention to them they were no good at all. All the factors helped develop the civil Rights Movement but did not get the blacks all of the rights they deserved still, over a century after the slaves were 'freed'. ...read more.

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