2011-04-12 -- Medicine Drugs and the Counterculture

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Medicine, Drugs, and the Counterculture of the 1960s and 1970s History 451 April 12, 2011 Prof. November
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Overview Socialized Medicine Medicare and Medicaid Social upheaval of the late ’60s and early ’70s Counterculture Free love, drug use, non-participation in labor force Anti-war protests (Vietnam) Generational conflict Debate over birth control Oral contraceptives Abortion
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A Postwar Boom For All? 1950s: Unprecedented economic growth and social mobility 1920s quotas mostly lifted Popular belief that everyone should have a chance to succeed Solidarity amid the Cold War Women and African-Americans largely excluded from consequential participation Exclusion persisted even after legal barriers fell …but this time around, they vote
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Health Disparities in America Huge differences between level of care available to affluent and poor Unequal access along racial lines Tuskegee syphilis experiment (1930s and 1940s) Penicillin withheld from African-American experiment subjects This happened after the Nuremberg Trials
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Social Security Act of 1965 - 1 Lyndon B. Johnson’s Great Society Elimination of racial injustice, poverty Akin to FDR’s New Deal Liberal/progressive mandate after 1964 election LBJ vs Barry Goldwater Goldwater’s libertarian rejection of New Deal, Civil Rights Act of 1964, progressive values of “Eastern Establishment” Republicans LBJ wins in landslide. Democrats control both houses.
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Social Security Act of 1965 - 2 Medicare : US gov’t provides health insurance to Americans 65 and over
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