Bob Dylan's Song Analysis

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The civil rights movement has been one of the largest, ongoing battles in America over equality of black citizens. Not everything had changed under the 1964 Civil Rights Act and there is still inequality occurring today. In 1960 there were still several problems such as the police force, the lack of education in black schools and the segregation in many public places. The police force was still racist and black citizens were not given the same amount of respect as the white citizens were given. Also, several the members of the police force were members of the Ku Klux Klan, which meant that towns and states were, ran with social inequality. By the 1940s much had changed however, there was still progress to be made.
The 1954 education ruling
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This is in source 3. This song showed that the Americans weren’t paying attention and discrimination against the African Americans. The song also states the darkness that black people were feeling and how much upset and anger they had built up over tension due to their skin colour. It also includes about how the police men beat up the black people. The song also states about the other racial inequalities and problems such as segregation and how the black people were treated like second class citizens. For example in the song it says “Guns and clubs followed him down”, showed the police beating up the African Americans and how they were meant to be equal but they weren’t. The song depicts how racism was shown in the 1960’s. It also shows that black people are waiting on authority to change the laws of the black people. This shows that white people were starting to understand the problems of the racial abuse that was given to the African-Americans therefore some change had occurred since the …show more content…
For example the freedom rides in the 1950s and the bus boycott. Non-militant campaigners did not start any violence but they provoked the white people. Some other strategies have been used such as the race riots in source 15. On paper great progress had been made with changes such as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. However, they still believed that they weren’t equal so they kept on arguing their case for equality. This source shows what the reaction by some people in 1968 America. This shows that the civilians want equality as they source states that the racists will go down with the people who provoked the violence. This shows that the majority of the people wanted peace, this shows that opinions had changed since the 1940’s as people are more willing to get along with one another. Source ten shows Martin Luther king’s strategies from Alabama in 1963. From this source he shows what they had to do as a consequence of the attacks. This showed that he hoped to attract violence and watch the white people suffer from the consequences. This showed that not a lot had changed and that white people would still attack the black people from a non-violent but provoked attack. Source 11 had a completely different approach; it was militant and causes the violence rather than provoke it. This shows the extremes that the black people were willing to take in order to gain

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