The Civil Rights Movement

Essay Question:

Many American families have seen dramatic change in attitudes about the appropriate social relationship between blacks and whites -- and in their awareness of racism. Some families have a "generation gap" in racial attitudes and awareness, and some family members find that their perspectives change substantially as they experience more of life. Has there been significant change in attitudes and awareness in your family? If so, what caused the change? If not, what accounts for the continuity?


To support your argument, get some family stories about the civil rights era. The following questions should elicit family stories that will be useful to you. Composing your own questions might be even more successful, especially if you base those questions on your knowledge of your family chronology and history.


More general questions for further conversation: