130 The Sixties Study Guide - STUDY GUIDE: "THE...

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S TUDY G UIDE : “T HE S IXTIES Using this study guide The following document has all of the terms, quotes, lists, and ideas contained in the most recent powerpoint presentation (note: I change these frequently so some variations may exist). As a result, you should not feel that you need to copy any of this information while in class. The following questions are addressed in this section of the lecture. You should be able to answer these questions by the end of this section. If you can’t, see me during my office hours or talk with your seminar leader: Questions Addressed in the Lectures that will help you to prepare for the exam: What are the differences between the image and reality of the 1960s? How does JFK’ s career mirror these differences? Is JFK a Hawk or Dove towards the Cold War? Is there plausible evidence that he intended to end our involvement in the Cold War? If there was not a shooting war in Viet Nam, would the US have ended up in such a conflict somewhere else? Evidence? Why is Viet Nam America’ s longest war? Why does it become our war? Why could good people come to such completely different views on such a single issue? Why does the war at home become more destructive to the U.S. that the war in S.E. Asia? How does LBJ and then Nixon respond to the conflict? What does the Great Society promise America? What external pressures forced LBJ to respond to circumstances? What were the political consequences of Johnson’ s decisions? Sample Exam Questions from Previous Exams: What are “the Sixties”? Based on your definition, what events box in the era (when do the sixties start, when do they end, why)? According to this view, do you think Kennedy, Johnson, or Nixon is the best example of a “60s President” ? What policies support your opinion? What is the Great Society? What policies are enacted and what forces are these bills responding to? Does the “war on poverty” suceed or fail? Defend your answer. What does Viet Nam mean to the United States? Be sure to use specific terms for specific people in this country. Why is there such disagreement over Viet Nam in the United States? In your opinion, are we beyond the Viet Nam Syndrome? Why or why not? In class I suggested that the legacy of John Kennedy is largely a conservative one: little social legislation and an increase in Cold War commitments. Defend Kennedy by suggesting ways in which he and his administration fundamentally changed the ways that Americans viewed themselves, their role in the world, and the role of the United States in world affairs. In your opinion, could/can the U.S. meet these goals? 1
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In class, I argued that 1968 was a turning point in modern American history. (a) Focusing on events that led up to 1968 , describe why was this so. Be sure to indicate the social, political, economic, and international pressures that affected the United States from 1945 to 1968. (b) What event(s) led to the crisis in confidence experienced by most Americans
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