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Unformatted text preview: Decades of Change - 1960-1980 The Rise of cultural and ethnic pluralism By 1960, the United States was on the verge of a major social change. American society had always been more open and fluid than that of the nations in most of the rest of the world. Still, it had been dominated primarily by old-stock, white males. During the 1960s, groups that previously had been submerged or subordinate began more forcefully and successfully to assert themselves: African Americans, Native Americans, women , the white ethnic offspring of the new immigration, and Latinos. Much of the support they received came from a young population larger than ever, making its way through a college and university system that was expanding at an unprecedented pace. Frequently embracing countercultural life styles and radical politics, many of the offspring of the World War II generation emerged as advocates of a...
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