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Past paper questions (History)

  1. 1. Past Paper Questions<br />African Americans<br /><ul><li>To what extent were the activities of anti-civil rights groups the most important reason for the continued discrimination against African Americans from 1865 to 1980?
  2. 2. To what extent was the Second World War (1941-45) the major turning point in the development of African American civil rights during the period 1865-1992?  
  3. 3. How far did US presidents hinder rather than help the development of African American civil rights in the period from 1865 to 1980?
  4. 4. To what extent was advancement for African Americans due to their own efforts in the period from 1865 to 1992?
  5. 5. Consider the view that the development of African American civil rights in the period 1865-1992 was mainly due to the action of African Americans themselves.
  6. 6. ‘The civil rights of African Americans improved but their social and economic position deteriorated.’ Assess this view for the period 1865 to 1980.  
  7. 7. To what extent were the 1960s the most important turning point for the development of African American civil rights in the period from 1865 to 1980?
  8. 8. Assess the view that Martin Luther King was the most important African American to advance African American rights in the period from 1865 to 1992
  9. 9. Assess the view that the Supreme Court was the most important branch of the federal government in assisting African Americans achieve their civil rights in the period 1865-1992
  10. 10. To what extent did the aims of the campaigners for African American civil rights remain the same in the period from 1865 to 1992?</li></ul>Native Americans<br /><ul><li>Assess the view that Native Americans did little to campaign for improvement in their civil rights in the period 1865 and 1980.
  11. 11. To what extent were the 1970s and 1980s the most significant periods in the quest for Native American rights between 1865 and 1992?
  12. 12. Native Americans played no part in the development of their civil rights.’ How far do you agree with this view of the period from 1865 to 1980?
  13. 13. The concept of the "melting pot" did not apply to Native Americans throughout the period 1865 to 1992.' How far do you agree with this view?
  14. 14. To what extent was the emergence of 'Red Power' the most important turning point in the struggle by Native Americans to gain their rights of self-determination between 1865 and 1992?
  15. 15. Assess the view that the civil rights of Native Americans continually improved over the period from 1865 to 1992.
  16. 16. Assess the view that the Supreme Court was more effective than Congress in supporting the rights of Native Americans from 1865 to 1992.
  17. 17. Assess the view that Native Americans did little to campaign for the improvement of their civil rights in the period from 1865 to 1992
  18. 18. Assess the view that the Indian Citizenship Act if 1924 was the most significant turning point in the quest of Native Americans for recognition of their right to self-determination between 186 and 1992.
  19. 19. ‘The Indian Reorganization Act in the New Deal was the most important turning point in the development of Native American civil rights in the USA in the period from 1865 to 1992.’How far do you agree with this view?</li></ul>Labour and Trade Union Rights<br /><ul><li>To what extent did the Federal government hinder the development of trade union rights during the period 1865-1992?
  20. 20. To what extent were the 1890s the main turning point in the development of trade union and labour rights in the period from 1865 to 1992?
  21. 21. The 1960s have been described as the 'golden age' for trade unions and their membership. How far do you agree with this view in the context of the period from 1865 until 1992?
  22. 22. Assess the view that the most important obstacle to the extension of trade union and labour rights between 1865 and 1992 was the resistance of the employers.
  23. 23. Assess the view that the formation of the American Federation of Labor was the most significant development in the successful acquisition of trade union and labour rights between 1865 and 1992.
  24. 24. To what extent was the 1920s the major turning point in the development of labour and trade union rights in the USA from 1865 to 1992?
  25. 25. To what extent were the 1920s and 1930s the most important period of progress for organised labour in the USA from 1865 to 1992? 
  26. 26. ‘The most important obstacle to the development of trade union and labour rights was divisions within the trade union movement.’ How far do you agree for the period from 1865 to 1980?
  27. 27. To what extent was the New Deal era (1933-1945) the most important turning point in the development of trade union rights in the period from 1865-1992?
  28. 28. How far was the New Deal the most important turning point in the development of trade union rights in the period 1865 to 1992?
  29. 29. ‘The internal divisions within the trade union and labour movement in the USA were the most important obstacle to the progress of labour rights in the period from 1865 to 1992.’ How far do you agree?</li></ul>Women<br /><ul><li>To what extent can the 1960s been seen as the most significant turning point in the position and role of women in the USA between 1865 and 1992?
  30. 30. Assess the view that the Second World War was the most significant turning point in the quest for women’s rights in the USA between 1865 and 1992.
  31. 31. To what extent did the federal government hinder the development of women’s rights in the USA in the period 1865-1992?</li></ul>General Questions<br /><ul><li>‘Together, Kennedy’s "New Frontier" and Johnson’s "Great Society" were the major turning-point in the development of civil rights in the USA.' How far do you agree with this view for the period 1865 to 1980?
  32. 32. To what extent was the USA a 'melting pot' of different ethnic groups in the period from 1865-1992?

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