60s Overall

60s Overall - Overall the 1960s were a time of tremendous...

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Overall the 1960s were a time of tremendous conflict as competing ideologies vied for power in American society, as well as throughout the rest of the world. Many of the forces that played an important part in the events that shaped the 60’s actually came about as a reaction to life in the 1950s. The 50s were a placid period in American history marked by a high level of prosperity, the advent of the “nuclear family, and great technological innovations; Americans were living the good life, or so it seemed. In fact the seeds of change were being sown, with minorities beginning to organize against oppression, the counterculture was beginning to form in the Beats, and Vietnam was a dragon waiting to rear its ugly head. The beginning of the 1960s was a time marked by idealism and hope for the future. The new president John F. Kennedy’s eloquence and liberal philosophies gave Americans hope for and improved future of peace and prosperity. From using the National Guard to enforce his desegregation policies to the creation of the Peace Corps, the Kennedy administration put a lot of effort into making the world a better place. Although Kennedy was a liberal in general, he was also known as a fierce Cold Warrior.
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