Compare and contrast the first-person accounts to make a central argument about how Norfolkians experienced race relations during the Civil Rights Era (1950s-1960s, and in Carter-Mason's case, the 1940s). Instead of simply summarizing the accounts, make a central argument that articulates your assessment of these individuals' experiences of race relations. Look for particular themes or topics that the individuals address. Your central argument should be the controlling idea around which you construct your entire paper. State your main argument in the introductory paragraph of your paper and then use evidence and examples from the first-person histories to illustrate your central point(s).
The themes and topic both stressed by the different personal stories are that racism was institutionalized and rabid during the 1940s and the 1960s account. Heidelberg's account offers a more intimate portrait of the racism as he delves into a day that will forever remain ingrained in not only his psyche, but in Black America's psyche. The day was the first day of federally mandated integration, something that Carter-Mason had fought so hard for in the 1940s-60s. Despite her efforts, which were detailed in her personal account as well as her collaboration with many white business owners that also wanted to end the discriminatory practices that had plagued Norfolk, the state had initially given an injunction that closed schools to attempt to negated the Supreme Court's decision on integration. Business owners and a few white parents that felt their children's educational needs were being hijacked by the state sued, and the state was forced to open the schools and integrate the 17 initial students of whom Heidelberg was one of the first 17 integrated into the white schools. Initially only 17 were integrated ...
The expert examines interpreting American past. The controlling ideas are given.