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Week 6 (chapter 25) The sixties 60s-70s While cold war Overview: The transition to the excitement and disenchantments that we today associate with “the sixties” took place slowly, beginning about 1963 or 1964. It culminated in 1968, as liberalism seemed under attack from all sides. Liberalism was America’s dominant political system at the time, which stressed democracy, corporate capitalism, a generous system of social entitlements, and an ordered social system premised on obedience to the prevailing culture. Some felt postwar liberalism was too generous, creating a class of entitled loafers unwilling to do their fair share. Others felt postwar liberalism wasn’t generous enough, sacrificing equality for the sake of freedom, and placing a priority on appearances and consumerism rather than authenticity and generosity. By the end of the decade, nonviolent political stances— against racial discrimination and the Vietnam War—so infuriated those who opposed them that the opposition sometimes turned to violence, which was sometimes met in return by further violence. By the late 1960s, this violence included even the assassinations of leaders like John F. Kennedy, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert Kennedy. Furthermore, sexual and social mores seemed to be changing too, as a widespread drug culture emerged and as women pushed against society’s long-held restrictions. African Americans and other repressed minorities also began to demand greater recognition and access to power. In the end, “freedom” won the 1960s, but it surprised almost everyone that freedom could mean free speech and free love, and also free markets. It was almost as if the containment policy of the early Cold War somehow extended beyond foreign policy and into the realm of American society, and in the 1960s everyone wanted to bust free from being contained. Civil rights and Black Power While JFK facing cold war, a movement at home was emerging dramatically. Since civil rights movement during 1950s, African American Stepped Up their Activism in early 1960s. Civil rights movements had been ongoing since ww2 but it increased dramatically during early 1960s. -College students Sit-in for a serving of coffee -CORE protest for segregation in transportation (bus) FREEDOM RIDE -a bomb four African American girls dead people are outraged and a lot of public places got desegregation -SCLC march on Washington 1963 about job and freedom, martin luther king deliverd speech I have a dream -freedom summer, went to south to convince black people to vote but there were

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