The Butler And The Film: The Civil Rights Movement

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The Civil Rights Movement is one of the most controversial topics in American history. That time tells a lot about Martin Luther King, the Watergate Affair, the Black Panther Party and, most important about racial inequality. This term paper will examine and analyze how the movie The Butler deals with the Civil Rights Movement. The film director Lee Daniels had the notion to not only divert the audience but to communicate them “an important attitude and offer important viewpoints” on the black history.1 The Butler shows the story of the colored butler Cecil Gaines who works for the American Presidents in the White House, and his son, a civil rights activist who fights for equal rights. The movie deals with three kinds of problems: “(a) African…show more content…
How have Cecil and Louis highly succeed to influence these historical figures in the movie? And what are the results of these influences on the Presidents? In the second point of this essay, you will read more specific about how the main characters influence the Presidents. Last but not least the behavior of white and black people will be examined with the help of two scenes, which deal with the Ku-Klux-Klan and the Sit-ins. These scenes are chosen, because it shows exactly the way, black people are treaten by white people. The third point will give some answers to questions like, why do the Ku-Klux-Klan feel so much hate towards the black ones? Who makes the first step for the end of racial segregation with the help of sit-ins? And by what is that action inspired? Books like The Civil Rights Movement and the Logic of Social Change (2010) of Joseph E. Luders helps to analyze the social movement. Also Themes of conflict in the nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature of the American South: a collection of essays (2007) of Ben P. Robertson is a big help to understand the conflicts, which have appeared during the Civil Rights Movement. The editor of that book, also deals with the

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