Topic 17: Civil rights and social movements in the Americas post-1945

This section examines the search for equality by those groups in America who experienced forms of discrimination and the extent to which they challenged established authority and attitudes.

There is overlap with this topic and Paper 1: Rights and Protest  - ATL: Civil rights in the United States (1954–1965) 

Specifically this unit covers:

  • the fight for civil rights by indigenous peoples
  • the fight for civil rights by African Americans
  • the role of federal government, Martin Luther King, the Black Panthers, Malcolm X and Black Power in the civil rights movement
  • the Hispanic American Movement in the US
  • the emergence, impact and significance of feminist movements
  • the youth protests of the 1960s and 1970s; the development of a counter-culture

1. Indigenous peoples and civil rights in America (ATL)

Indigenous peoples and civil rights in AmericaOn this page you will find ATL on the fight for civil rights by Native Americans.Guiding QuestionsWhat was the impact of the Second World War and the Cold...

2. African Americans and the fight for civil rights (ATL)

This section overlaps with Paper 1: Civil Rights and Protest.There are links to the ATL on the Paper 1 topic page as well as extra ATL here.Guiding questions:What were the key milestones in ending segregation...

3. Feminist movements in the US

On this page, you will find ATL on the development of feminist movements in the US. The first few activities look at 'first-wave feminism' and the impact of the Second World War on women. The key focus,...

4. Hispanic Movement in the US (ATL)

This section examines the Hispanic American movement, the role of Cesar Chavez and the impact of immigration.Guiding questions:What was the impact of the Great Depression on Hispanic Americans?

5. Counter-culture in the US

On this page you will find activities related to the development of a counter-culture movement in the US.Guiding questions:What was the ‘counter culture’ that emerged in the 1960s?

6. Civil Rights and social movements: Essay frames and writing exercises

This page contains a variety of essay writing exercises and essay plans for this topicTask One: Essay planningATL: Thinking skillsIn pairs plan the following essay:Assess the impact of Martin Luther King...

7. Civil rights and social movements: Graded student examples

On this page you will find sample essays for this topic, written by students and graded by an examiner.“The greatest achievement of youth protest in the Americas was ending the Vietnam war.”

8. Civil Rights and social movements: Videos and activities

The main video page for videos on civil rights and African Americans can be found here: Videos: Civil Rights in the USAIn addition, there are videos as part of ATL on each of the relevant ATL pages.

9. Civil rights and social movements: Extra resources

On these pages you can find useful websites for this unit along with historians' texts that students might find enjoyable to develop their understanding further. There are also some suggestions for fiction...

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