The Decade of the 1960s

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The decade of the sixties was a national roller coaster ride of great hope and terrible despair." (Kronenwetter ,11). This was the time in America when American society began to influence events that still shape our modern society today. It was a time of President Johnson's inaugural address when he declared an "unconditional war on poverty". During the sixties African Americans finally freed themselves from segregation, just as they were freed form slavery over a century ago. It was also the time of the Cold War when the United States and the Soviet union faced each other in angry hostility. The word hostility comes into play with the assassinations of the four most

admired men in America, John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., Robert F. Kennedy, and Malcolm X. who were shot down in their primes. Like the French Revolution the 1960's was a time of enormous change and conflict.

With modern advances in medicine, and the astounding trip to the moon, the 1960's changed everything.

Some Political aspects of the 1960's included the assassination of the 35th president of the United States John F. Kennedy. Another Political outrage was the Cold War fought between the United States and the Soviet Union. Some of the sources that site the events that shaped the decade of the 1960's was the front pages of the New York Times headlining Kennedy's assassination "Kennedy is killed by sniper as he rides in car in Dallas; Johnson sworn in on plane". This was the front page of the New York Times on November 23,1963. This article details the events that unfolded the afternoon of

Friday at approximately 12:30 p.m. It states that Kennedy was pronounced dead at about 1 p.m. shortly after the fatal shot to his brain. It depicts his wife Jackie Kennedy...