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History Coursework Syllabus B The Civil Rights Movement in the USA in the 1960s Question 1 Source A is photographic evidence does this mean it is reliable as evidence about the difficulties facing black protesters in the 1960s Source shows us protesters outside what looks like a town hall where voting is usually held It also shows two black men protesting in what seems a quite peaceful way just as Ghandi was in South Africa in the 1910s as he believed in Christian Pacifism which was used to put across or protest for change in a non-violent way During the 1950s-60s Martin Luther King achieved a number of Civil rights movements by using non-violent means of protest in the USA We can not however fully believe this photograph as it may have been altered or even an organised photograph which means that it could have been planned and nothing really happened Although every source is useful to a Historian looking at 1960s America so we can see what it may have been like when blacks tried to vote In the top photograph we can also see that the mens banners are being taken away from them by the police force which suggests that the police force did not completley agree with the black people campaigning for their civil rights This source is useful to a historian as it shows the oppression faced by blacks in Selma or at least what the black civil rights movement wanted the people who saw the pictures to think was how the blacks suffered In this respect the pictures show us the problems facing blacks in the 60s in Selma In 1965 the black people were guaranteed that if they went to vote the Federal government would protect them Question 2 Source B is one persons account of a single event does this mean that it is of little use as evidence about black protest in the early 1960s
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