Leilani Harrison HIST 17 December 1, 2012 Growing up in post 1960’s America The sixties was a clashing of movements. It was a time for wanted equality and change. African Americans began the civil rights movement with two different approaches. Martin Luther King Jr. preached for nonviolence while Malcolm X and the Black Panthers held strong the beliefof self defense. The war in Vietnam began in 1954 and continued until 1975; men all over the country were being drafted to fight the impossible war. President Nixon resigned in 74’ preceding the Watergate scandal. The public held a feeling of strife and betrayal. Under Nixon the American Government had been lying, segregating and killing its people but without him littlechanged. Big business continued percentages of drugs increased and the beginning of punk music began as the sun set on the sixties. When Gerald Ford was nominated into Presidency he held with him many of the same policies as Nixon. His way of thinking was to have American authority across the globe and strong government connections with corporate interests. Zinn states that “oil company economists discussed holding back production of oil to keep prices up” (549). The Arabian-American Oil Corporation which had mostly American share holders changed from its one dollara barrel profit to four dollars and fifty cents per barrel in only a year.