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OCR A Level History A: Civil Rights in the USA 1865-1992 Paperback – 31 Mar 2009

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  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Heinemann; 1 edition (31 Mar. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0435312669
  • ISBN-13: 978-0435312664
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 1.6 x 24.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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Does not cover all of the detail required. When compared with OCR mark schemes, the exam board mentions people and events seemingly key to the topic that the book completely omits; without the mark schemes I would not have known that these apparently important people and events even existed or took place, going into the exam.

Several typos, inconsistencies across the book, generalisations and walls of uninspiring texts.

This book cannot justifiably call itself the aid to the OCR course, it is incredibly lacklustre.
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I tutor A-level students, and I bought this to help with a recent student who was doing the Civil Rights module this year (2013). I was looking forward to assisting with this subject as I thought it would be particularly engaging and interesting. I could not have been more disappointed with the book! If this is what I had had when I was 18 I would never have gone on to study history at university. It is full of dense, long-winded, poorly written text and its discussion of sensitive and controversial issues such as racism and feminism is extremely clumsy and insensitive (eg. reference to 'native white population' of the USA!). There are hardly any photographs, maps or diagrams and little encouragement to think about any of these issues creatively. The author also indulges in frequent generalisations and personal observations, which are not footnoted or identified as such. It's a shame that when there is such great material out there, and a really complex and sophisticated discussion of these issues in the US, the British school textbook is so substandard.
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One book can't tell you 'everything you need to know' as some of these reviewers seem to expect. This is a very good place to start, however. It's based on the older Heinemann book by the same authors - but it's much better organised. Four clear chronologies, each dealing with one of the themes, is just what the average A2 student needs.
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The book arrived early and was in great condition :)

I recommend anyone who is studying this to buy it as it contains everything you need to know, and for me I prefer revising out of books so it's a must buy. Another reason to buy the book is that it's made by the actual exam board so they don't miss any information out.

I bought a new book but I don't see a problem with buying a second as some of my classmates bought second hand ones for much cheaper, if you prefer to annotate on the book then I advise a new book (unless the second hand one isn't annotated).
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I had studied American Civil Rights 1865-1992 as part of my college course, and to be honest, I didn't really do much of the work in class. I had purchased this book without knowing 3 of the 4 themes taught. I didn't know much about labour civil rights, women civil rights or native American civil rights.

I left it late in deciding I wanted to go to university, so I bought this book to help me catch up, understand the themes and topics and to help me in my exams and I came out of the exam with an A and only 10 marks off of 100%.

Get this book if you're on the course, learn all the themes (self help, federal government help/hinder, turning points), for each topic (Natives, African Americans, Women, Unions), work on your exam technique (how to answer a question) and do a lot of practise essay and essay plans and you will do extremely well in the exam.
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I do not believe that the description was accurate, and although as it is for school and will no doubt get ruined and for the price, it doesn't matter as much. The book cover was vent ans marked, the pages are wavy from what I assume is water damage.
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The specifiic nature of dates/events etc that are remarked in their own little passages on pages are probably what got me my A in History.

Doesn't leave anything out, however, which can at times make this a tedious read.
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Excellent and prompt service. Item just as described.
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