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    • The 60's
      The 60's
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      At the beginning of the 1960s, Americans could be forgiven for thinking that they were standing at the dawn of a golden age. Superficially, at least, the years since the end of World War II had been marked by progress, prosperity, moderation and old-fashioned good sense, and there was no reason to think that the 60s would be any different. But, of course, they were. The 50s had hula hoops; the 60s had acid tests. The 50s had Levittown; the 60s had Watts. The 50s had cars with fins; the 60s had tanks and Napalm bombs. The discontent that had percolated under the surface of the placid 50s defined the tumultuous 60s, along with a rising tide of rights-consciousness. African-Americans, young people, women, gays and lesbians, American Indians, Hispanics and others began to demand - not for the first time, but more loudly than ever - that they be permitted to participate fully and equally in the social, economic, and political life of the United States. Their challenges shook the nation to its core.moreless
    • The 70's
      The 70's
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      Like the 1960s, the 1970s was an era of self-expression. Women, African-Americans, Native Americans, Hispanic-Americans, gays and lesbians and others continued to fight for political rights, but almost more importantly, they began to build self-reliant, self-sustaining communities. At the same time, the ongoing war in Vietnam and the Watergate scandal demonstrated to many Americans that the government was corrupt and even criminal, and at any rate was completely disconnected from their interests and concerns. By the end of the decade, many were so frustrated by the turn American public life had taken that they withdrew from it altogether. They embraced popular fads and joined community organizations that did not require them to depend on the government's good intentions or good decisions.moreless
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