I want you to think about the theme of power and the Cold War in the context of American democracy. As you know, the US was involved in an ideological war with the Soviet Union (and other communist nations) in the 1950s and 1960s. Essay prompt: In an essay, explain how the Cold War affected the Civil Rights movement in this period. (I.e., Why did people, like Chief Justice Earl Warren of the US Supreme Court, believe that progress in civil rights also advanced America’s Cold War agenda? Why did others associate desegregation and the Civil Rights movement with communism?) Resources for your essay: Besides the assigned textbook chapters, your essay must also incorporate the following primary sources: 1. Mashekin Concert – a 1948 cartoon produced by the Soviet Union on the issue of race in America. Think about the intended message of this cartoon/propaganda, especially the ending. Cartoon: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=eKmYynSkcRg (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. 2. Short excerpt of a Brown v. Board of Education brief, 1954 (published by EdsiteMent) Brown v. Board http://edsitement.neh.gov/sites/edsitement.neh.gov/files/worksheets/brief_in_brown_v_board_of_education.pdf (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. 3. Broadsheet, published 1957 – This broadsheet (large sheet to be distributed or posted) was produced by the Georgia Commission on Education in 1957 to discredit the Highland Folk School, a social justice education center that had been founded in the 1930s. They sent people to spy on the school and take photographs. Think about the motives and ideology of the authors – why would they label desegregation and civil rights trainees as communist? “Labor Day Weekend and Communist Training School” http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/highlander/efhf003.pdf (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. [NOTE – some people have had problems viewing the broadsheet in Google Chrome. Try Microsoft Explorer or Microsoft Edge, or clear your history for Chrome and try again. This usually fixes the problem.] Your essay should be roughly 2-3 pages long (double spaced)
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