HISTORY 102: American Radicalism 1960-1980
Posted on Friday, November 25, 2011 9:08:09 AM by ttjemery
In reaction to what was increasingly perceived as narcissistic materialism and humanitarian complacency of adults by the post-war “Baby Boom” generation of teenagers and twenty-somethings, the narrow victory of moderate Democrat John F. Kennedy over Richard Nixon heralded the beginning of a new era of government power and influence. Now government offered the possibility of not only curbing abuses of big business, but also and especially ending war and protecting the equal rights of groups who allegedly had been discriminated against in the free market, especially women, Blacks and the poor.
The political arm of the “Hippie” movement of the Sixties includied strong advocacy of peace for the nation and equal rights and job opportunties for Blacks and women. After Kennedy was assassinated for reasons which may have had little to do with his ideology, Lyndon Johnson began implementing Kennedy’s ideas and more with the Civil Rights Act of 1965 and an ambitious “Great Society” array of new welfare and job training efforts. However, radical Socialist-encouraged rising calls and demonstrations for ending the escalating Vietnam War, as well as early failures of and conservative reaction to Great Society Socialism, led Johnson to decide not to run for reelection in 1968.
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