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Unformatted text preview: PLS 320: AMERICAN JUDICIAL PROCESS The Current of History In This Presentation o Rosenberg’s Explanation for Social Change in Civil Rights Rosenberg’s Argument • Rosenberg claims that there is little evidence for significant social change created by the judiciary. • Instead, he argues, that significant social change resulted from three major factors: 1) Economic Changes, 2) Cold War Politics, and 3) Pressure for Change within Society. • For Rosenberg to be correct, we need to accept that first, the judiciary did not produce change, and second, these other causes did. Economic Changes and Effects • The social structure of the United States was changed forever by the great depression and the second world war. • The severe economic conditions seen in the farm regions of the United States in the 1930s led to emigration pressures from the rural South. • The great opportunities subsequently created by the onset of the war and the period leading up to it, created immigration pressure toward the industrial North. The Great Migration In 1930, roughly three-quarters of all African Americans lived in the South. Seven-Eighths of African American farmers worked as field hands, tenants, or sharecroppers. Between 1865 and 1940, 1.7 million Blacks moved to the North and Midwest....
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