SAT Subject US History Practice Question 708: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 708

59. The most important impetus behind the emergence of the modern Civil Rights Movement was

A. the founding of the NAACP.
B. lynchings.
C. the March on Washington.
D. the experience of African Americans in World War II.
E. the Freedom Rides.

Correct Answer: D


Blacks were shocked when they came back after beating the Nazis and still faced discrimination giving great impetus to the call for Civil Rights. The 1963 March on Washington (C) and the 1961 Freedom Rides (E) were too late to have started the movement. The founding of the NAACP (A) in 1911 occurred long before the movement. Lynchings (B) were a constant threat from the earliest days of the colonies.

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