Unformatted text preview: the rudimentary welfare state first formulated during the New Deal. They enjoyed a postwar prosperity that created new levels of affluence. But gradually some began to question dominant assumptions. Challenges on a variety of fronts shattered the consensus. In the 1950s, African Americans launched a crusade, joined later by other minority groups and women, for a larger share of the American dream. In the 1960s, politically active students protested the nation's role abroad, particularly in the corrosive war in Vietnam. A youth counterculture emerged to challenge the status quo. Americans from many walks of life sought to establish a new social and political equilibrium....
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- Fall '10
- global affairs, publisher Henry Luce, global affairs CONSENSUS, status quo. Americans, rudimentary welfare state