Read Chapter 26
When you have completed the chapter, select one of the prompts below and post a thoughtful and complete answer in your own words (absolute minimum 1 paragraph). Respond to one classmate who selected a different prompt than yours.
- President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s approach to civil rights issues was rather complex; he is quoted in your textbook as saying, “I don’t believe you can change the hearts of men with laws or decisions.” What do you think about this statement as it relates to the burgeoning civil rights movement of the 1950s?
2. The 1950s are often characterized as a culturally bland, conformist decade. Does the evidence in Chapter 26 support such a view of the time or was there actually more complexity?
3. On pages 996-997, your textbook describes the Soviet repression of the Hungarian uprising against Communist rule. What do you think of President Eisenhower’s response to Soviet actions in Hungary? Were there any alternative means of action?
All Class Question: Must be answered for full chapter credit.
How do the Civil Rights movement of the 50s expand the idea of freedom and equality in the uNited Stated? Is there a contrast between the Cold War and the Civil Rights movements at home?