Hi, I'm in yr 13 and doing my coursework for history. I'm about to start my first draft but I'm struggling since I don't know if my planned format is that strong or whether it's the best way to do it. My question is 'Within the context of the years 1865-1984, how important was Martin Luther King in the pursuit of black civil rights in America? '. I would be extremely helpful if someone knows a good format? (btw I'm also doing a thematic approach.
Is anyone doing ALevel History who are doing the civil rights movement for their coursework? If so has anyone found some good interpretations I could use? I am finding it really hard to find good interpretations for my 3 main ones. Thank you
I did exactly the same question for my coursework last year , except from 1865-1965. I did AQA so i needed 2 hisorians interpretations and 3 primary sources, im going to assume youre doing the same but if not my answer should still be helpful. I obviously started with an introduction, you need to outline any terms in the question or any major themes you will be dealing with during the essay, for example explain what you mean by civil rights. I then had a section arguing for the question, that king was significant and used one of my primary sources and an interpretation to back this up, i then did the same arguing that grass roots organisations like the NAACP were more significant, i then had a smaller section about government legislation, i used the new deal as an example, were significant, used my final primary source to back this up, and explained how organisations influenced legislation like this. I then tied it together in my conclusion by stating that i thought that whilst king was significant, his influence is not as big as it is made out to be, he was a figurehead and built off of the work of other activists and organisations. I would recommend including the SCLC and montgomery bus boycotts in your essay as these are easy to find sources on and are easy to tie into the essay. If youre doing AQA like i did you also need to make sure that your essay focuses on the entire period, so compare his work to that of earlier activists and show how it caused change. I hope this helps and good luck.