‘The growth of Radicalism among African Americans was important in helping them gain their Civil Rights in the 1960’s’
Why do you agree or disagree with this view? (24 marks)
The growth growth of radicalism among African-Americans was important in helping them gain their civil rights during the 1960s as it gave the movement strength and a sense of presence; this was also spread to the North. Malcom X and Stokeley Carmichael were public speakers with a strong message of black power; attracted younger Afircan- Americans to the cause of the Civil Rights movements and therefore managed to widespread the appeal.
Violence acts such as the riots were mostly caused by the constant change of presidents during the 1960’s as there was no sense of leadership for the country although they all wanted the same thing. Therefore the riots were heated and attracted media attention in huge numbers world-spread; putting pressure on the President; especially during the time of the Vietnam War. The worldwide media attention on the riots in America meant that racism was made visible to everyone and therefore made it difficult for the politicians and President to ignore the issues of brutality. The situation was humiliating for the President as he tried to reate a perfect picture of America. This pressure led to noticeable results of more Civil Rights legislation.