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Throughout the history of social movements there have been great differences in opinion about the direction that each respective movement should take This difference in opinion usually occurs between the liberal and more radical factions of the movement While in many cases a division of dogma such as this results in negative consequences for the movement it is usually the result of a natural evolution of ideology among members of the movement In some instances this division actually helps to further the movement in ways that none of the members could have anticipated Two examples of movements deeply affected by the liberal-radical split are the Black Movement and the Environmental movement Both movements which began in the early sixties as primarily grassroots movements expanded over a period of a few years and divided among ideological lines in the center of media attention I see this division as the natural result of the movements growth and dogmatic evo lution As the nineteen sixties wore on the Black Movement saw an unprecedented influx of supporters and new members The movement had consisted of more that a dozen organizations working together for more than a decade in the hopes of promoting civil-rights through non-violence One organization SNCC was one of the most affected by this sudden public awareness The result of these changes was a general shift in the in the focus of SNCC from rural southern grassroots worker organization rooted in the ideals of non-violent civil disobedience to a much more radical direct action policy This change proved both beneficial and in many ways detrimental to both the organization and the greater Black Movement While the radical shift and pursuit of an agenda of black power brought media attention and the subsequent popularization of the movement it disassociated many of the hard working organizers that had struggled along with the movement since its infancy Prior to the mid-sixties SNCC had largely been a small centralized grassroots
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