By Vivienne Sanders
The Access to History sequence is the most well-liked and relied on sequence for AS- and A-level background scholars. the recent versions mix all of the strengths of this well-loved sequence with a brand new layout and lines that let all scholars entry to the content material and research talents had to in achieving examination luck. Civil Rights within the united states, 1945-68 has been written in particular to aid the Edexcel and AQA AS devices for the 2008 requirements. It attracts on revered and best-selling content material from Race family members within the united states, 1860-1981 and adapts this content material so one can conceal the necessities of the shorter devices. Tracing the advance of African American civil rights within the united states, this name levels from segregation within the Nineteen Fifties to the expansion of radicalism within the sixties. in the course of the e-book, key dates, phrases, and concerns are highlighted, and historic interpretations of key debates are defined. precis diagrams are incorporated to consolidate wisdom and knowing of the interval, and exam-style questions and suggestions written through examiners for every exam board give you the chance to strengthen examination skills.
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Brian Ward and Tony Badger, editors, The Making of Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement (New York University Press, 1996). 3 The Start of the Civil Rights Movement 1945–60 POINTS TO CONSIDER Many historians see the ‘Martin Luther King years’ of 1956–65 as the ‘classic’ period of the civil rights movement. Others argue that the black activism of those years did not come ‘out of the blue’, and that black activism and changing federal government attitudes were evident from the end of the Second World War, if not before.
Tony Badger (1989) and Harvard Sitkoff (1978) contend that the New Deal did as much for blacks as was possible given the power of Southern Democrats in Congress, the US tradition of states’ rights (see page 6), and the indifference of Northerners. Meier and Rudwick (1976) saw the Depression years as ‘a watershed in Afro-American direct action’, unequalled until the 1960s. They argued that non-violent direct action, as practised by Martin Luther King in the 1960s, had a long history in the black community.
Southern military bases containing Northern black soldiers were trouble spots. In Alexandria, Louisiana, a drunken black soldier’s arrest led to a two-hour riot in which black troops, white Military Police, state troopers, local police and civilians participated; 13 blacks were shot. ’ Disputes over housing were the main cause of the 1943 riot. 34 | Civil Rights in the USA 1945–68 The number and intensity of these instances of unfairness helped to mobilise blacks to try to help themselves. (c) Increased black consciousness and activism NAACP membership ﬁgures, black propaganda and the demands of black workers all demonstrate how the war had increased black consciousness and activism.