20 - Week 8 Outline Lecture 20 Social Contradictions of...

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Outline Lecture 20 Social Contradictions of Postwar America  Key Questions This Week:  1) To what extent can grass roots movement effect lasting social change?  2) What is the most potent source or fertile site for change?  3) What social issues are still unresolved from the tumultuous legacy of  1960’s?  I. The Paradox of the “The American Dream”  a. America as the “Affluent society” in the 1950s  i. “Leave It to Beaver” and “Father Knows Best”  ii. Herbert Marcuse’s example of “democratic totalitarianism”  1. Contentment through prosperity  -Nothing much happened in terms of social protests in the 50s.     b. Exclusions from the “American Dream”  i. Global inequities  ii. Domestic inequities  iii. Three realities that galvanized and mobilized these groups in  early 1960s  -virulent racism and violence that was apparent to  someone (educated class too)…in the South got people to  become active -people got more conscious of how we’re living on the  brink of extinction -US involvement in Vietnam, images of war on  television…created national consciousness about  ongoing war.  These three factors pointed to the… iv. …Stark contradictions within the American system that  professed to being champion of world peace and etc.  
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