JFK + Civil Rights

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1. There was a large increase in the number of black voters, but...

  • instances of intimidation of black people increased and houses and property were burnt.
  • this was only temporary.
  • this would cause riots.
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2. Stories and photos of the events at Birmingham in May 1963 were published worldwide. What was JFK's response to this?

  • "I felt proud"
  • "I felt useless"
  • "I felt ashamed"
  • "I felt humiliated"

3. Following the violent scenes in Birmingham in 1963 JFK...

  • avoided responsibility by getting his brother, Robert Kennedy, to hold meetings with the Civil Rights leaders at the White House.
  • held meetings at the White House with African American leaders to make alliances with them.
  • held meetings at the White House to pretend he was too busy to respond to such events.

4. Why did the university prevent James Meredith from registering?

  • Because he was black.
  • Because he wasn't academically gifted.
  • Because he didn't have enough money to pay fees.

5. Robert Kennedy (Attorney General and JFK's brother) prosecuted people...

  • who refused to accept integration in schools.
  • who tried to prevent black people from voting.
  • that were racist.


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