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American History 2--HIST 2112 (OER): Chapter 27: The Sixties

American Yawp Chapter Summary

Perhaps no decade is so immortalized in American memory as the 1960s. Couched in the colorful rhetoric of peace and love, complemented by stirring images of the civil rights movement, and fondly remembered for its music, art, and activism, for many the decade brought hopes for a more inclusive, forward-thinking nation. But the decade was also plagued by strife, tragedy, and chaos. It was the decade of the Vietnam War, of inner-city riots, and assassinations that seemed to symbolize the crushing of a new generation’s idealism. A decade of struggle and disillusionment rocked by social, cultural, and political upheaval, the 1960s are remembered because so much changed, and because so much did not. Read more from Chapter 27 of the American Yawp.

Things to Consider

Questions to be thinking about as you move through the content of this chapter

  1. Discuss those factors that led to explosion of the youth culture in the 1960s.
  2. Discuss how the Civil Rights Movement evolved and split during the decade.
  3. Is non-violent resistance an effective strategy?  Justify your answer.
  4. What core issues were at stake in the Cuban crises of the early 1960s?
  5. What core issues were at stake in the emerging Women’s Rights Movement?
  6. How did U. S. business respond to the changing culture of the 1960s?

Learning Objectives and Assessment

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Identify key events that define change over time in a particular place or region, and identify how change occurs over time
  • Recognize a range of viewpoints in historical narratives
  • Understand the dynamics of change over time
  • Explore the complexity of the human experience, across time and space
  • Distinguish between historical facts and historical interpretations
  • Evaluate a variety of historical sources for their credibility, position, significance, and perspective

Course Objectives

  • The student will understand the rise and social, political, and economic impact of the Civil Rights Movement and Social and Identity Movements of the mid-Twentieth Century.
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