1. How did WWII temporarily change the status of African-American men and women? 2. What effect did the anti-communist purges of the late 1940’s and 1950’s have on the politics of the African-American community? 3. Did the Brown decision have a role in the rise in civil rights activism in 1955 or was it the horrific murder of Emmett Till or another catalyst for the revival of mass black political action in the period 1955-1975? 4. Outline the differences in roles between well known black freedom movement leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr. and lesser known organizers such as Jo Ann Robinson of the Women’s Political Council.

History 12, Fall 2014: Final Examination (Exam covers Chapters 11-15 in Gray, et. al. Freedom on My Mind) Due on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, 9:40-11:40am.
Instructions: Write a typed, double spaced, two page essay response (minimum) for two questions from the following questions below. Please footnote using the Chicago Manual of Style, using the following sources: Freedom on My Mind and the course lecture notes. Do not use Internet site period! This will lead to the student earning a zero on the examination.  Please deliver hard copy only during your final examination period. This is a mandatory course meeting. Non-attendance to the final examination period will lead to a zero on the examination.
1.  How did WWII temporarily change the status of African-American men and women?
2.  What effect did the anti-communist purges of the late 1940’s and 1950’s have on the politics of the African-American community?
3.  Did the Brown decision have a role in the rise in civil rights activism in 1955 or was it the horrific murder of Emmett Till or another catalyst for the revival of mass black political action in the period 1955-1975?
4. Outline the differences in roles between well known black freedom movement leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr. and lesser known organizers such as Jo Ann Robinson of the Women’s Political Council.
5. Was the Nation of Islam a revival of the ideas of Marcus Garvey in Muslim garb or something entirely new? Outline the reasons in favor/against this thesis.
6.  The politics of revolutionary action/black nationalism became a major part of black dissenting voices in America by 1966-1968. Why did revolutionary action become a feature of black political movements?
7. How did the repression of the US government affect the black freedom movement, 1968-1974?
8. Why did black Democratic politicians replace leaders from the mass movements of black Americans, as leaders of the black community since the middle of the 1970’s?
9. How did black conservatism emerge in the late 1970’s and 1980’s? Was the trend a return to the accommodation of Booker T. Washington or something new? Was it a creation of white conservatives?

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