Civil rights and racial segregation

What was the response to racial segregation in the US?

Exploring a range of Foreign Office files produced by the British Government during the presidencies of Eisenhower, JFK and Johnson, students will investigate the response of the ordinary Americans and the US government to segregation within the USA.

How did the response to segregation change over time and why were the British government monitoring the civil rights situation in the first place?

Connections to the curriculum:


  • AQA: AS AND A-Level History, Unit 2Q: The American Dream: reality an illusion, 1945-198
  • EDEXCEL: A- Level History, Paper 1, Option 1F, In search of the American Dream: The USA, 1917-96
  • OCR: A-Level History, Unit Y319: Civil Rights in the USA 1865-199


  • AQA: GCSE History, 3.2.1 Section A: Period Studies, 1D America, 1920-1973: Opportunity and inequality
  • EDEXCEL GCSE History, Paper 3: Modern depth Study, The USA, 1954-75: Conflict at home and abroad
  • OCR: GCSE History A, Component 1: International relations: The USA 1945-1974: The People and the State.

Available as: On site workshop. Find out more about the types of session we offer.

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at The National Archives

2 hours

Available: All year

Cost:  Free to UK schools

Suitability:  Key stages 4 and 5

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