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Why did Eisenhower damage the civil rights movement?

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Katy Fullilove 29/11/05 Why did Eisenhower damage the civil rights movement? Eisenhower's evolutionary approach was the main factor which damaged the civil rights movement; it caused a relative standstill. He did not carry through the momentum brought about by Truman, thus many potential developments were not made. On the other hand, some progress was made in the civil rights movement due to Eisenhower. His first significant action was to appoint liberal Southern Republican, Earl Warren, as a Supreme Court judge. In the BROWN v. ...read more.


are concerned about is to see that their sweet little girls are not required to sit in school alongside some big overgrown Negroes'1. Eisenhower took the evolutionary approach; he believed that forcing the issue would only cause more hostility, damaging America's society. His second significant action was intervention at the High School in Little Rock, Arkansas (1957). Governor Orville Faubus of Arkansas stationed the National Guard around the school to keep nine black students out. He used force to challenge federal law, resulting in federal troops being ordered in by Eisenhower. ...read more.


Eisenhower said that 'there were certain phrases' that he 'did not completely understand' and made no effort to keep it intact. In conclusion, Eisenhower's lack of involvement (as seen in BROWN) and perseverance (as with the bill) was the main reason why he was damaging to the civil rights movement. Truman had given the civil rights movement momentum and Eisenhower made no attempt to sustain it, thus damaging it. Any additions that he made to the civil rights movement were accidental, such as the appointing of Earl Warren, or forced by others, such as Little Rock. 1 Race Relations in the USA since 1900, by Vivienne Sanders, page 66 ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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