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AS and A Level: History of the USA, 1840-1968

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  1. Assess the value of these three sources to a historian studying the issue of civil rights under the Eisenhower presidency. Speeches by Senator Eastland, MLK and Governor Faubus.

    The Source also reflects the views of the more radical Dixiecrats in Congress that opposed civil rights and shows the foundations of which the Southern Manifesto of 1956 was built upon. Eastland emphasises the law of the land, the “Constitution” but then decides to eviscerate the Supreme Court for enforcing and interpreting such, showing that his allegiance is not to the Constitution as interpreted by the Courts but the Constitution as fits his segregationist narrative, therefore impacting the reliability of the source.

    • Word count: 1056
  2. How successful was Roosevelt in delivering relief, recovery and reform during the New Deal?

    Businesses were developing rapidly and became an important part of American society. Taking this into account, the stock market had significant interconnections with people?s daily life, even those who did not own any shares. Moreover, regardless of the fact that by 1929 some regulations and restrictions had been implemented, the U.S.A was still one of the most economically free countries. It was outstanding because of its very little control over the private sector, its independent central bank system and self-regulated stock market, which had no effective control over its actives (Clements, p.

    • Word count: 2647
  3. What was the short term significance of Martin Luther King after the March on Washington?

    President L. B. Johnson himself proclaimed the importance of Martin Luther King?s march on Washington in bringing about the civil rights act of ?64. When talking to MLK about his march and the civil rights bill, Johnson says, ??I think the greatest achievement in foreign policy ? I said to a group yesterday ? was the passing of the 1964 civil rights act.?? Johnson said this directly to MLK in order to make him recognise how much of an effect his march had upon changing employment law in the US.

    • Word count: 1960

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  • To what extent was the attack on Pearl Harbor a Surprise to President Roosevelt?

    "E. Conclusion Based on the evidence presented in my analysis the attack on Pearl Harbor was not a surprise to President Roosevelt. Many officials including the President knew about that the attack on Pearl Harbor would happen before December 7th. This is because of direct and indirect warning signs that were presented to United States officials only to be disregarded and ignored. Indirect warnings came from Japan through the press and military changes, while direct warnings came from leaders such as Churchill and United States navy officials. The warnings were disregarded. The fourteen part message was fully decoded two days after interception because it was done at a leisurely pace. It was done at a leisurely pace because no officials were on alert and searching for when and if an attack would take place against the United States. All because all the warning signs were overlooked by major officials an attack on Pearl Harbor took place but if the warnings were properly assessed then Pearl Harbor may have had a chance to defend itself from Japanese advances. F."

  • To what extent was WW2 the most significant turning point for civil rights

    "In conclusion we can see that WW2 was certainly not the most successful period for the civil rights movement as that mantle can probably be taken up by the events of the 1960's but it did mark a momentous turning point in the social acceptance of African Americans and even though by matter of convenience forced integration of blacks into the everyday life of America. It turned the movement in the right direction it needed to go in order for the events of the 1960's to take place. However, my personal feeling is actually that the most significant turning point overall was the Reconstruction period of 1965 to 1877. This period was by no means a massive success in reality as we have learnt that little actually changed, but if it was not for slaves being granted their freedom after the end of the civil war then none of the following advancements could even have been possible. It was this somewhat rather unassuming nudge than ignited the eventual movement that would bring about the practical changes of racial equality in the USA."

  • Evaluate The Presidency Of Theodore Roosevelt.

    "In conclusion, although Roosevelt did not deal with some of the issues which arose during his presidency, and did make a major political mistake, I think that his presidency can still be viewed as effective and successful. The great achievements Roosevelt made in the areas he did deal effectively deal with, I think, far out-weigh the negative aspects of his presidency. 2,192 words"

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