Introduction & The long-term historical context

Development of slave based economy
Slavery, abolition, segregation etc up to WW2

Shorter term historical context

Broad understanding of the historical context of racial segregation in the United States after WW2
Attitudes on both sides of the racial divide
Factors leading to pressure for change in the legal and social position of African-Americans by the early 1950s

Development of Civil Rights Movement in 1950s
The flow chart below provides a useful overview of the Civil Rights Movement between 1954-68

The position of African-Americans in US society in 1950
Discrimination against African-Americans including segregation and education and lack of political rights, especially in the south
The role and influence of the NAACP, the Supreme Court and President
Eisenhower in achieving desegregation in education, 1954

Non-violent protests including the Montgomery Bus Boycott


The growing influence of Martin Luther King and the SNCC

200,000 arabic copies of this comic were translated and distributed in Egypt during the Arab Spring

Why was this comic book published?

Attitudes of, and actions by, the Kennedy administration
Freedom riders and sit-ins

Whites pour sugar, ketchup and mustard over the heads of sit-in demonstrators at a restaurant lunch counter in Jackson, Miss., in 1963. (AP photo/Jackson Daily News/Fred Blackwell)

Sit-ins and counter protesters

Supreme Court support for civil rights
The role of President Johnson in passing the Civil Rights Bill

Opposition to Civil Rights 1950–1964

The Southern manifesto

What is the message of this cartoon?

Southern Manifesto Wordle

The re-emergence of the Ku Klux Klan

The attitudes of the Democratic Party in the South

Racist attitudes and reactions against African-Americans in the North and South

Growth of Radicalism among African-Americans 1964-68

The emergence of radical Black Power movements in the North

Malcolm X, Stokely Carmichael and their influence on the Civil Rights Movement
Urban Riots including Watts and Detroit and the role of the media
The significance of the death of Martin Luther King
The extent to which African-Americans had achieved equality by 1968

 – Flash cards
Key Figures
Past Papers


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