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1950's, Under Eisenhower

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dmcmurry's picture
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1950's, Under Eisenhower

I've got a DBQ due tomorrow, 4/5/05, and was wondering if you could help me make sure I havn't skiped anything. the prompt is:

"The 1950's were a significant time period in the history of civil rights in this country. Evaluate the effectiveness of the Eisenhower Administration and the courts on civil rights in the 1950's. What issues became paramount"

Thanks for any help you can give me!


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tdrum28's picture
Joined: Apr 2005

Remember the Little Rock integration. If you've read Warriors Don't Cry, you'll need to use that. If not, oh well.

Eisenhower was pro-civil rights, but he was also opposed to rapid change. So he didn't really do anything until the governor of Arkansas refused to integrate, and then he sent in federal troops to protect the students.

Check my facts; I may be getting my presidents mixed up.

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Joined: Apr 2005

Actually, Eisenhower himself didn't really support federal involvement in civil rights because he was for states' rights. His whole administration focused on "modern Republicanism", which was a foil to the Democrats' liberal focuses. Eisenhower didn't want so much federal intervention in social and economic issues. However, Eisenhower was the president who appointed Earl Warren as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Warren was the one who influenced the ruling in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, which of course overturned the "separate but equal" clause of Plessy v. Ferguson.

The Crisis in Little Rock, Arkansas finally forced Eisenhower to step in on the side of desegregation. He ordered thousands of soldiers to protect the "Little Rock Nine" so they could attend school. This made Eisenhower the first president since Reconstruction to use federal troops to ensure black people's rights.

In 1957, Eisenhower signed the Civil Rights Act, which created the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights to deal with federal laws and policies on equal protection and voting rights. This was a pretty weak bill, but it was a step in the right direction.

The 50s also saw the rise of many forms of black protest, as a direct result of court rulings toward integration. The Montgomery Bus Boycott, Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and Martin Luther King, Jr. all came to national attention during Eisenhower's administration, even though he did very little with civil rights.

I hope this helps, but it is very hard to be specific when only a few very important events occurred.

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