How did Laurie Prichett and Eugene "Bull" Connor differ in how they dealt with African American protestors? A) Connor responded to nonviolence with violence, Prichett responded by peacefully arresting protestors. // B) Connor stopped voter registration drives in Mississipi, Prichett blocked Freedom Rides. // C) Prichett responded to nonviolence with violence, Connor responded by peacefully arresting protestors. // D) Prichett joined the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, Connor joined the Black Panthers. //

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Laurie Pritchett and Eugene "Bull" Connor were both law enforcement officers during the civil rights movement of the 1960s. However, their methods of dealing with African American protestors differed starkly. To be able to answer your question, let's have a look at the historical record.

Laurie Pritchett was a police chief in Georgia who confronted the Albany Movement in the early 1960s with a policy of nonviolence. The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, or SNCC, conducted a campaign to desegregate libraries, parks, hospitals, train and bus stations, and other locations in the city of Albany, Georgia. Pritchett gave police officers orders to arrest the protestors, but without using violence. The mass arrests filled jails in nearby cities as well as Albany, and those jailed included Martin Luther King, Jr., and Ralph Abernathy, who were leaders of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Pritchett was later praised for his nonviolent approach. In a speech in 1962, Dr. King said:

I sincerely believe that Chief Pritchett is a nice man, a basically decent man, but he's so caught up in a system that he ends up saying one thing to us behind closed doors and then we open the newspaper and he's said something else to the press.

Eugene "Bull" Connor was the Commissioner of Public Safety in Birmingham, Alabama, when the Freedom Riders came to the city in 1961. He was a staunch segregationist with ties to the KKK. He took pride in maintaining Birmingham as "the most segregated city in America." He encouraged Klansmen to inflict violence on the Freedom Riders when they arrived in town, assuring them that he would delay the arrival of the police. Later, in 1963, during a major civil rights demonstration, Connor ordered firemen to spray demonstrators with fire hoses and policemen to use their batons and attack dogs. Images on television of these atrocities caused President John F. Kennedy to send a federal negotiator to help restore order.

So we can see that the correct answer to the question is A, because Pritchett remained peaceful, while Connor became violent.

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The only answer that is correct here is A.  Connor's reaction to protests was very violent while that of Pritchett was much more restrained and therefore more effective.

Bull Connor's reaction to protests in Birmingham, Alabama was violent.  For example had his police officers allow their dogs to attack black protestors who were doing nothing that was at all violent.  By contrast, Pritchett's handling of protests in Albany was restrained.  He simply had protestors arrested and made sure that they were treated well.

The nonviolent approach that Pritchett took was much more effective.  This is because it did not make the police and the white community look bad the way Connor's tactics did.  This made it much harder for protestors to gain support in Albany than in Birmingham.  If all police leaders had acted like Pritchett, the movement would have had a much harder time gaining white sympathy.

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