Complete revision notes for edexcel unit 3c (history A)

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Edexcel History ­ unit 3C
Edexcel History ­ Unit 3C
The 4 Topics
Topic 1 ­ the red scare and McCarthyism
Topic 2 ­ the civil rights movement until 1962
Topic 3 ­ the civil rights movement 1963-70
Topic 4 ­ other protest movements (e.g. students, women)
Exam Requirements
It's a source paper
Only one small part of the syllabus will come up
There are 5 questions
o Q1 (6 Marks)
`What can you learn from source A about...?'
You need two supported inferences (two points supported with a
o Q2 (8 Marks)
`What was the purpose of source B?'
You need to write about the message and purpose of the source)
o Q3 (10 Marks)
`How far do sources B and C support the view of source A about...?'
Just a straightforward comparison
o Q4 (10 Marks)
`How useful/reliable are sources D and E in telling us about...?'
You need to discuss content and NOP (Nature, Origin and Purpose)
It May help to think of it as a grid like this...

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Edexcel History ­ unit 3C
If you can tick all the boxes you'll get a really good mark on this
o Q5 (16 Marks)
This will be a statement and you will be asked to decide if each of the
sources support the view using the sources and `own knowledge'
Background knowledge for Unit 3- Presidents
Roosevelt (democrat)
o 1944-45
o Died in office
Truman (Democrat)
o 1945-52
o Was Roosevelt's V.P.…read more

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The key features of the red scare
HUAC (house of un-American Affairs committee)
o Questioned suspected communists
o Set up by government
o Government involvement increased fear
Elizabeth Bentley
o Admitted to being a soviet spy
o She named names
o Showed people there were communists in the country
o HUAC feared films would be used as communist propaganda
o Actors were asked to name names
o People would accuse others to avoid being accused themselves
Loyalty Boards
o…read more

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This is when the civil rights movement began. The emphasis was strongly on peaceful
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July 1964- civil rights act passed
o LBJ continued what JFK had started
o Pushed the law through helped by the `freedom summer'
o The act banned discrimination
o Said the voter registration tests should always be equal
o A further act was needed to enforce the laws
1965- Voting rights act was passed
o Set a national literacy test
o Came after a march from Selma to Montgomery which had been brutally
broken up
Key features
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Edexcel History ­ unit 3C
The womens movement
THIS IS NOT ABOUT WOMEN GETTING THE VOTE! That happened 40 years before in
Up until the 1960s women were expected to be house wives and mothers
The pill meant women had control of when they started a family
The `Feminine Mystique' by Betty Freidan assured women they could do something
with their lives
The equal pay act and the civil rights act prevented discrimination against women in
the work place but there were loopholes
Betty…read more




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