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The 60's

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The 60's
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
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