This text has been written to accompany the popular option in the Intermediate History course. As the text is written for the Intermediate course, the approach is a source-based one, with progressive text and activities clearly differentiated in difficulty. Each chapter opens with a list of the main points to be covered, and contains numerous "What Do You Think?" sections, together with a range of primary and secondary source material. The end-of-chapter questions are pitched at both Intermediate 1 level (covering recall, evaluation and deriving data from source) as well as Intermediate 2 extended-response questions. The text also provides a breakdown of how the exam is structured as well as ideas on how to tackle extended-response type questions.
The American dream; the immigrant experience; immigration in the 1920s; black Americans - the "in-migrants"; the end of slavery - free at last?; fear, terror and lynchings; the Klu Klux Klan; early civil rights campaigns; pressure for change - the great migration; pressure for change - World War II and Executive Order 8802; separate but unequal; the Montgomery bus boycott, 1955; Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement; sit-ins; the freedom rides; Birmingham, Alabama 1963; President Kennedy and the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Selma, Alabama and the right to vote; Malcolm X and the nation of Islam; Stokely Carmichael and black power; the Black Panthers; the Civil Rights Campaign moves north; the assassination of Martin Luther King; conclusion.