The main message that Stanley Nelson portrayed was the flaws in America during the early 1960's. The film pointed out all the wrongs that the Federal Government and State Legislatures were doing at the time with supporting the segregation between whites and blacks.
I think that Stanley Nelson was very effective in showing his message because he used a wide range of support. He used graphic video from the 1960's to set the seen of the south during a time of segregation. He used support from many freedom riders and historians so his audience could re-live the moments which the freedom riders faced. With his message he really showed how the Kennedy administration's involvement grew as the freedom riders became more powerful with their message to stop segregation in the south.
I think the filmmaker wanted the audience to respond in a positive way that is to owe respect to the freedom riders. Also to see how far America has come since the 1960's. For example, when the freedom riders did not give up even after one of their buses caught on fire and then they were beaten. The filmmaker wants the audience to never give up on what they feel is truly right even when they are in the minority.
-Since the filmmaker used a wide range of sources it made his argument and documentary as a whole more effective to the audience.
-The sources used were all interviewed and shown throughout the film. This made each point about the portrayal of the segregation period in the south more real to the viewer. Also each source had a unique perspective of what they felt and experienced during the time of the freedom riders.
The film can relate to the second essential question:
“ How have human choices had a local and global impact?”
Human choices between whites and blacks during the 1960's have had a major impact on what has resulted in American society today. One reason shown in the film is that Whites and Blacks hated each other. Additionally, the freedom riders choice to stand up for equal rights and for what was right was a solid choice. They did this not just for them, but for the people in the future. This truly shows how human choices have had a local and global impact on history such as the freedom riders did.