America in 1960’s

In 1960’s,the United states encountered significant social, economic and political problems and reforms under the leadership of J.F. Kennedy and Lyndon.B.Johnson after assassination of the former. President Kennedy took power at the time of Cold War, Berlin wall issue, Vietnam and racial discrimination of the African Americans and other Hispanic minority groups. The short reign of J.F.Kennedy was seen as holding better future prospects to the young people. As a young person representing new ideas focused on youth problems, coupled with a wealthy background, J.F.Kennedy was a perceived to hold a better future on issues of civil rights. President Johnson is noted as having achieved much after the assassination of Kennedy. Under Johnson’s presidency, he was credited with passing such bills as the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Civil Rights Act of 1968.These laws were a major breakthrough among civil rights activists that improved the political participation and socio-economic decision making of the Blacks in America.

Although under J.F.Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson the euphoria of liberalism dominated the US, protests and other forms of population discontent with the government was common. One of the issues that attracted widespread student unrest in most universities was bleak future. The US apparently emphasized on foreign policy to contain the spread of communism with little focus on domestic policies that would create employment. Besides, the global campaign for democracy by the US was considered hypocrisy at the time African Americans were racially segregated at home. Pursuit of Vietnam war at the expense of local economy was a reason for despair among the young people. In that regard, racial segregation and massive expenditure on Vietnam provoked discontent among the public despite much effort channeled towards the US foreign policies in 1960’s.

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