Paper 1, Topic 7: A Divided Union: Civil Rights in the USA, 1945-74.


  • K. Taylor, Edexcel International GCSE (9-1) History A Divided Union: Civil Rights in the USA, 1945-74.
  • Ben Walsh, GCSE Modern World History, section 13.

History Learning Website contains good material on this topic

There are several key areas of knowledge and understanding that you need to master in this section of the course:

  1. The Red Scare and McCarthyism
  2. The Background to Civil Rights
  3. Brown (1954) and the Death of Emmett Till (1955)
  4. The Montgomery Bus Boycott (1956)
  5. The Civil Rights Act of 1957
  6. The Little Rock High School incident, 1957
  7. Sit ins, Freedom rides and James Meredith, 1959-62
  8. Martin Luther King and the protests of 1963
  9. From the Freedom Summer to Voting Rights
  10. Black Power, 1965-1972
  11. Other protest movements: The counter-culture
  12. The Women’s Movement
  13. Nixon and Watergate

In addition to the items above, see also:

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