‘President Carter was justified in saying that American was suffering a crisis of confidence in 1979.’ Assess the validity of this view.

Arguments against the statement… Affluence: Within the world, America remained one of the most affluent societies and most influential economic powers. Their GNP was higher than any of their nearest competitors and therefore it can certainly be argued that if we consider America’s position in the wider world, Carter was not justified in saying that…

‘Senator McCarthy was unfairly blamed for the Cold War hysteria of the Truman and Eisenhower years.’ Assess the validity of this view.

Introduction In the post war years, anti-communist sentiment in America increased rapidly. This has been dubbed ‘McCarthyism’, after Senator Joe McCarthy who famously carried out a communist ‘witch-hunt’ to root out subversives. Some historians would argue that he has been unfairly blamed for the hysteria which resulted as there are other factors which influenced public…

‘In comparison with the more traditional civil rights movement, the Black Power movement achieved little.’ Assess the validity of this view.

Introduction The civil rights movement evolved dramatically during the 1960s. This was influenced by the passage of legislation, a deterioration of urban ghettos and changes in leadership. Specifically, the 1960s saw the emergence of the Black Power movement which was far more militant in nature when compared with the traditional CRM. Overall, while the Black…

“It was a time of abundant prosperity and unquestioning national self-confidence 1945-1960.” Assess the validity of this view.

Intro During this time, America transitioned from war-time to peace-time which inevitably brought its challenges. Both the Truman and Eisenhower administrations faced social and economic success and failure. Ultimately, I would argue that although the economy generally improved from 1945 to 1960, many of the social problems remained the same. The statement is wholly inaccurate…

“In the years 1961 to 1968 campaigns to advance civil rights of African Americans made only limited progress in the face of bitter opposition.” Assess the validity of this view.

Intro Key civil rights legislation was passed during this period, the most prominent of which was the Civil Rights Act 1964. However, the extent to which this is thanks to the achievements of the civil rights movement must be questioned, since it also had significant limitations. We must also assess whether or not these limitations…