Crash Course: Civil Rights

Watch and write 9

After watching the video, “Crash Course: Civil Rights,” answer the following questions.

1. What were the two reasons for the “consensus culture” in the 1950s?

2. According to John, what was different about the economic prosperity of the 1950s from previous periods of economic expansion?

3. What faults did David Riesman, author of “The Lonely Crowd,” find with the 1950s?

4. What groups were left out of the affluence of the 1950s? In what ways were those groups left out?

5. Who was Earl Warren? What two jobs did he hold and why were they important?

6. Give three examples of the “massive resistance” in the South to desegregation.

7. What did Rosa Parks do prior to her involvement with the bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama?

8. According to John, what was the rate of integration of public schools after the US Supreme Court declared segregation unconstitutional?

Dicussion Board 7 

Last year, students at the University of Missouri successfully protested for the removal of the university president for a lack of sensitivity to racial issues at the campus. To what manner and extent is this consistent with the civil rights movement?

This assignment requires you to read pages 165-169 in our textbook. For background information and insight, look at Students Share What It’s Like To Be Black At Mizzou as well as this link.. You may also find this link helpful in formulating your thoughts.

Forum post should be a minimum of 150 words

Watch and Write 10

After watching the video “Crash Course: Inequality,” answer the following questions as completely as possible.

1. How do John and Adriene define wealth and income inequality?

2. How has skill-based technological change contributed to income inequality? What has happened to unskilled labor?

3. What has happened to the salaries of high school graduates in the US over the past 50 years?

4. What are three reasons for the widening income gap in the US?

5. According to the US Census, what has happened to levels of income inequality since the 1970s? Which groups have seen their share of income increase the most? Which have seen their share of income increase the least?

6. Describe the argument of those who don’t see a problem with rising levels of income inequality.

7. What is the relationship between income inequality and political inequality?

8. What are the ways John and Adriene suggest to reduce income inequality?

9. Define progressive tax.

discussion board 8 

What, if anything, should be done about income inequality in the US?

Forum post should be a minimum of 150 words

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