What combination of events was responsible for the Civil Rights movement gaining more national support in the mid-twentieth century, as opposed to the 1910s and 1920s? How did civil-rights activists from the 1950s-1960s compare with earlier activists regarding strategies and objectives? Include specifics from Week 15 lecture and relevant details from Chapters 19-20, 22-24.
Part I: Sets the stage with postwar developments like GI Bill, Interstate Highway Act, suburbia, white flight:
Part II: Brown vs. Board, Emmitt Till, Rosa Parks, Montgomery Bus Boycott, Martin Luther King, Sit-ins
Part III: Ella Baker, SNCC, Freedom Rides, Birmingham Children’s March, King’s Letter from Birmingham Jail, Civil Rights Act of 1964, Voting Rights Act, 1965
Part IV: Rise of black nationalism (Malcolm X, Stokely Carmichael, Black Panthers), urban riots, Johnson’s Great Society