The Civil Rights Movement
7th Grade Research Paper - Due December 5, 2014
"I am Sick and Tired of being Sick and Tired." --Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer, 1964
"What made the civil rights movement of the sixties different from earlier phases of the struggle was that it took place under the glare of the most extensive news coverage the world had ever known. When a civil rights leader was injured or killed, it was not simply whispered -- it was front-page headlines. People who resorted to violence found themselves on front pages and on the evening news. What's more, it was violence that by now most people, white and black, North and South, did not think was right.
The media coverage also prompted more and more people to participate in the movement. Busloads of students, clergy, workers, and housewives joined new sit-ins, not only at lunch counters but in bus terminals and other public areas."
Myers, Walter Dean. Now is Your Time!: The African-American Struggle for Freedom. New York: Scholastic, 1991. Print.
Write a 2-3 page research paper that examines the impact your assigned subject had on the Civil Rights Movement. Cite information within your essay from a minimum of three sources. List your sources on a separate page titled "Bibliography." Use proper MLA formatting and citations.
Topics to Consider
- James Meredith
- Medgar Evers
- Scottsboro Boys
- A. Philip Randolph
- E. D. Nixon
- Charles Hamilton Houston
- Thurgood Marshall
- Highlander Folk School
- Reverend Ralph Abernathy
- Montgomery Improvement Association
- Bloody Sunday – Selma, Alabama
- Brown v. Board of Education, Topeka Kansas
- Central High School, Little Rock, Arkansas (Little Rock Nine)
- Plessy v. Ferguson
- Montgomery Bus Boycott
- Freedom Rides
Research Your Topic
Reliable Web Sources
- http://tntel.tnsos.org/ (Tennessee Electronic Library)
- http://www.montgomeryboycott.com/ (Website Devoted to the Boycott)
- http://www.encyclopediaofalabama.org/face/Home.jsp (Encyclopedia of Alabama)
- http://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/civilrights/al4.htm (Selma to Montgomery March)
- http://mlk-kpp01.stanford.edu/ (Good Data Base through Stanford - Searchable)
- http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/07/march-7-1965-civil-rights-marchers-attacked-in-selma/?_r=0 (Bloody Sunday)
- http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/ (NY Times website - Learning Network)
- http://www.tnhistoryforkids.org/ (Highlander Folk School)
- http://www.usmarshals.gov/history/miss/02.htm (James Meredith)
Print Resources (Books)
- Check the table of contents and the index for your topic.
- Use the title page and the versa page (back of title page) to find information for your citations.