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History 20 Lecture 18 Global Concerns and the Politics of Protest I. Parallel Paths: Movements against Oppression in the Sixties The chapter in your textbook entitled “Shifting Identities of Ethnicity, Race, Gender, and Sexuality” discusses how several different strands of a global discussion on the meanings of social oppression began to develop in the middle of the twentieth century. In the U.S., a new awareness of these global issues developed as the U.S. involvement in Vietnam deepened. In today’s lecture we will examine how opposition to the Vietnam War in the U.S. merged with several other concerns about marginalization and oppression, and explore the outcomes of various forms of social protest. The essential point to keep in mind here is that opposition to the Vietnam War was but one of the many issues that concerned protestors. Fundamentally, what people were arguing was that various forms of modern power had serious negative repercussions both at home and abroad. II. Recognition of social ills America became a powerful symbol of prosperity accompanied by global complacency in the post-World War II period. Among the U.S. population at large, views on the global situation were dominated by anti-communism and a Cold War fearfulness. Attention turned to problems at home rather than abroad. Into this political world, the Civil Rights movement was born in the American south. Integration of schools, sit-ins at lunch counters, refusals to move to the back of the bus--all these were part of the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and early 1960s. Although Martin Luther King, Jr.’s version of peaceful protest was an early hallmark of these efforts, some black leaders began to form other strategies. The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) emerged in 1960 in the south – an organization of black students that at first organized sit-ins at lunch counters. But SNCC’s awareness and understanding of the issues soon grew to the importance of organizing black voters, and alliance with white youth from the North who helped organize voter registration movements. Opposed by conservative forces and the police in the south, and ignored by the
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This note was uploaded on 07/26/2010 for the course HIS hist 20 taught by Professor Ying during the Spring '09 term at Riverside Community College.

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