Civil Rights Movement Dbq Analysis

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The Civil Rights Movement was also called the Second Reconstruction in reference to the Reconstruction after the Civil War. It was a struggle for equal rights for blacks in the 1950s and 1960s. Many people lost their lives for freedom. The main philosophies that are debated are those of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X. Martin Luther King, Jr., or MLK, was an African-American minister who preached nonviolence. Malcolm X was a Black Muslim who was a realist. I personally think that MLK’s philosophy was better for the South in the 1960s. My reasons are that boycotting allowed there to be new conversations, violence could help but not at its source, and MLK is very determined. The first reason is that boycotting allowed there to be new conversations about things. This means that people started talking more about everything that was going on. In Document F it says, “There is nothing quite so effective as a refusal to cooperate economically with the forces and …show more content…
This means that while violence might get rid of the person committing a crime, it won’t get rid of the crime itself. In Document J it says, “Violence may even murder the dishonest man, but it doesn’t murder dishonesty.” In Document L it says, “And when it was all over, the Negro would face the same unchanged conditions, the same squalor and deprivation-the only difference being that his bitterness would be even more intense, his disenchantment even more abject.” I think the evidence in Document J suggests that even though the person being dishonest or unjust might be gone, the dishonesty is definitely still there. I think the evidence in Document L suggests that even after a violent revolution where many unjust people are killed, the injustice would just increase. This shows that violence could help, but not at its source because many people can commit the same crime, and if you kill one of them, there are still a lot