The Sixties: A Decade of Rebellion

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“Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans” (Kennedy 916). With these words, John F. Kennedy in his inaugural address in 1961 described the 1960’s decade. This era in American history encapsulated a belief in the power of young people to change the world, a desire to help others globally and accept their differences, and a war that would eventually destroy all that America stood for. It was a time for new ideas in all aspects of life. This shift in thinking is apparent when looking at the happenings in society, the younger generation, and the media. The sixties were the beginning of many great revolutions in society. The sixties were a time of many political changes. Three men were president during this time period, and their actions both impacted and molded the events that occurred. At the beginning of the decade, John F. Kennedy was president. He was a democrat who promised to get the country moving again. During his administration, he was heavily involved with foreign affairs. He eased tensions with USSR and increased military aid to South Vietnam (Horton 177). John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963 by a man named Lee Harvey Oswald (Smith 220). The second president during this decade was Lyndon B. Johnson, who took over after the assassination of Kennedy. Johnson was a democrat who believed in civil rights and raising the standard of living. During his administration, he brought the southern conservative and northern liberal wings together. He fought for civil rights to rid of past injustice and present prejudice (Horton 173). But as his term went on, opposition towards the president grew considerably. Since he escalated the Unit... ... middle of paper ... ... now. This goes to show that standing up and fighting for causes that you strongly believe in can produce great results over time. Works Cited Carter-Cooper, Paula. Personal interview. 5 March 2010. Fischer, David. Sports in America 1960-1969. New York: Shoreline, 2004. Holland, Gini. A Cultural History of the United States: The 1960’s. San Diego: Lucent, 1999. Horton, Edward, ed. U.S.A Sixties. 3 vols. Danbury, CT: Grolier Educational, 2001. Kennedy, David M., Lizabeth Cohen, and Thomas A. Bailey. The American Pageant. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2002. Singleton, Carl, ed. The Sixties in America. 3 vols. Pasadena, CA: Salem, 1999. Smith, Carter. Presidents: All You Need to Know. Irvington, NY: Hylas, 2004. Thomas, Scott, ed. America’s Presidents. Chicago: World Book, 2009. Watts, Franklin. The 1960’s. New York: Franklin Watts, 1988.
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