Week 11

W 11 March 27 & 29

T- World War II and the Double V Campaign, sources:

Civil Disobedience_23 Jan 1943To March Or Not To March_Pittsburgh Courier 2 Jan 1943

What the Nation’s Leaders Think_Pitts Courier;  NAACP_MOWM_19 June 1943

Tell Why Race Must Fight War Dept jim Crow_May 8 1943;  George Schuyler_Views and Review_critique of MOWM ; Schuyler_Views and Reviews critique of New Deal  &

Asa Phillip Randolph_A Reply to My Critics_Chicago Defender

1. What are your thoughts on George Schuyler’s and the black weekly, the Pittsburgh Courier’s comments on the MOWM?

2. Why does Randolph argue that now is the time for African Americans to demand their civil rights? What do political struggles in India, the Caribbean, and Africa to do with African Americans?

3. Why use civil disobedience as a tactic? What about the role of the state? He writes:
“That the government is an accommodative and restive organism which is constantly balancing pressures from conflicting social forces in the local and national communities, and without regard to the question of right and wrong, it inevitably moves in the direction of the pressure of the greatest challenge”(272).
Considering this quote, and the period under discussion, how is Randolph encouraging black readers to view the government (the state), the March On Washington movement, and political change in general?

4. Why march on Washington, D.C.? Why the comparison with Germany? Why the “massess”?

R- Cold War, Civil Rights,  Mary L. Dudiak_”Brown as a Cold War Case” 

Eyes On The Prize, Awakenings, 1954-56

1. Identify the topic and argument of the article. What were the global
conditions that influenced the U.S. to intervene in the Brown v. Board of
Ed. of Topeka, Kansas case? What examples do historian Mary Dudziak use to
prove or validate her argument?
2. How does this argument, or not, change our understanding of the Brown v.
Board of Ed. case? And what does this suggest about the relationship
between the federal government and the civil rights movement? What does
this say about the federal government’s the commitment to civil rights?