Decades of Chan17

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Decades of Change - 1960-1980 The Rise of cultural and ethnic pluralism   A parallel manifestation of the new sensibility of the young was the rise of the New Left,  a group of young, college-age radicals.  The New Leftists, who had close counterparts  in Western Europe, were in many instances the children of the older generation of  radicals.  Nonetheless, they rejected old-style Marxist rhetoric.  Instead, they depicted  university students as themselves an oppressed class that possessed special insights  into the struggle of other oppressed groups in American society. New Leftists participated in the civil rights movement and the struggle against poverty.   Their greatest success – and the one instance in which they developed a mass following  – was in opposing the Vietnam War, an issue of emotional interest to their draft-age  contemporaries.  By the late 1970s, the student New Left had disappeared, but many of 
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Unformatted text preview: its activists made their way into mainstream politics. ENVIRONMENTALISM The energy and sensibility that fueled the civil rights movement, the counterculture, and the New Left also stimulated an environmental movement in the mid-1960s. Many were aroused by the publication in 1962 of Rachel Carson's book Silent Spring , which alleged that chemical pesticides, particularly DDT, caused cancer, among other ills. Public concern about the environment continued to increase throughout the 1960s as many became aware of other pollutants surrounding them – automobile emissions, industrial wastes, oil spills – that threatened their health and the beauty of their surroundings. On April 22, 1970, schools and communities across the United States celebrated Earth Day for the first time. "Teachins" educated Americans about the dangers of environmental pollution....
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