Week 4 Discussion 1


Instructions: Please post a substantive discussion post of at least 200 words that analyzes the development and success of the Civil Rights Movement using the following questions as the basis of your analysis: 

  • What precisely did the Civil Right Movement gain? 
  • What objectives did it fail to achieve? 
  • How were the approaches of Martin Luther King Jr, and Malcom X to Civil Rights different? How were they the same? 
  • Why did so many new movements emerge by the end of the 1960s? (i.e. regarding Native Americans, Women, Chicanos, etc) 
  • Was the nation more or less divided in 1970 than it had been in 1950?


Your initial post should be at least 200 words in length. Support your claims with examples from the required material(s) and properly cite any references. When writing your response, draw from material in the following video: 


  1. Beacham, T. Gilmartin, B., Grobman, S, Ling, C., & Rhee, V. (Producers), Libretto, J. (Director). (2004).  Let freedom ring: Moments from the civil rights movement, 1954-1965 [News program]. New York, NY: NBC Universal. Retrieved from http://digital.films.com/OnDemandEmbed.aspx?Token=40565&aid=18596&Plt=FOD&loid=0&w=640&h=480&ref=

Also in your response, draw from at least TWO of the documents listed below:

  1. (1962).  “The bottom of the economic totem pole”: African American women in the workplaceRetrieved from http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/6472
  2. (1962). The Port Huron statement of the students for a democratic societyRetrieved from http://www.h-net.org/~hst306/documents/huron.html
  3. (1969).  “The cycle of poverty”: Mexican-American migrant farmworkers testify before Congress. Retrieved from http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/7024  
  4. (1970).  “We must destroy the capitalistic system which enslaves us”: Stokely Carmichael advocates black revolution. Retrieved from http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/6461 
  5. (1976).  “Self determination of free peoples”: Founding documents of the American Indian Movement (AIM). Retrieved from http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/6897 
  6. Steinem, G. (1970).  “All our problems stem from the same sex based myths”: Gloria Steinem delineates American gender myths during ERA hearingsRetrieved from http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/7025 
  7. Truscott, L. (1969, July 3).  Gay power comes to Sheridan SquareThe Village Voice. Retrieved from http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/primary-resources/stonewall-village-voice/