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Port Huron Statement - criticized the gap between the rich and poor, as well as the nation’s consumer culture. The New Left: Different than the Old Left - that associated with Communism. Focused on gay rights, gender issues, and abortion. At UC Berkeley - Free Speech Movement - students sought to use universities and public spaces for protests and organizations. Selective Service - Draft - 1967 - banned automatic student deferments -> increased protests. Young Americans for Freedom- Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) - conservative response to the New Left. “The Sharon Statement” written before the Port Huron Statement, inspired many conservatives. The Counterculture- Hippies. Rejected values of their parents’ generation Used drugs - marijuana and LSD Helped introduce a sexual revolution. The Tet Offensive- Occurred on the Vietnamese New Year. Surprise attack by the North on the South. Although the North was defeated, it was a watershed (turning point) event in the war. Many began to see the war as un-winnable, protests increased dramatically.
Richard Nixon- Focused on northern working class and southern whites. Nixon’s strategy- “Southern strategy” - sought to gain the support of whites in the south. Outspoken against “ the antiwar movement, urban riots, and protests” With the election of 1968, white southerners began to abandon the Democratic Party. Chicano Moratorium Committee- Mexican Americans protested the Vietnam War, said the draft hurt the poor. Women’s Liberation- Feminists tended to be younger, educated, and associated with the civil rights and antiwar movement. Sexual politics- advocated that women must have control over their bodies in order to shape their destinies. Focused on access to abortion and awareness for sexual assault and sexual harassment. Title IX- Banned discrimination in higher educated based on sex; federal funds would be cut off. Gloria Steinem- Helped create the National Women’s Political Caucus. Helped sponsor legislation promoting equal rights. 1974 - Equal Credit Opportunity Act - allowed married women to get credit cards in their own names. Stonewall and Gay Liberation- Homosexuality remained illegal in many states. Stonewall Inn -gay bar in NYC was raided by police which lead to riots. Birth of the Modern Gay Rights Movement. Silent Majority- Nixon’s belief that many Americans supported his beliefs and the war. Nixon in Vietnam- “Peace with Honor” Nixon sought to end the Vietnam War, but only in a way satisfactory to the US. Vietnamization and Cambodia- Vietnamization - gradual withdrawal of US troops from Vietnam, by being replaced with South Vietnamese troops.

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