How did the violent response to the Freedom Rides and the Birmingham marches aid the civil rights movement?

1 Answer
Jun 26, 2018

Through widespread media coverage.


The violence and racism, endemic in the south but also experienced in the north, was graphically illustrated in the media. This was a time when television was becoming available to most Americans. daily TV coverage of extreme violence and indeed murder brought home the need to pass legislation and take other measures to break down the segregation and racism which had remained unchanged in many states since the Civil War.