The Struggle for Black Equality 1954-1980 Questions and Answers
by Harvard Sitkoff

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How do his interpretations differ from common thought on the civil rights movement?

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Harvard Sitkoff's interpretations of the progress of the civil rights movement is somewhat different from the common view of the progress of the civil rights movement.  Sitkoff believes that there are statistics which show improvements in education and voting.  More African-Americans are attending school.  More African-Americans are voting.  (Click on the study guide analysis of the book to see the actual numbers.)  The common thought on the civil rights movement is one where progress has been limited, not accepted by white society, and where people are trying to undo the positive achievements made.  Through history, beginning with Reconstruction after the Civil War and continuing with the achievements of the 1950s and 1960s, there have been many attempts to reverse laws ending discrimination, ending voting restrictions, and ending equal access to educational opportunities.  These attempts have been made in all levels of government.  Sitkoff believes that despite these attempts to reverse improvements made, the future is bright for more improvements in the area of civil rights.  Sitkoff's views significant differ from the common thought regarding the civil rights movement.

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