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The sixties was one of the most evocative decades in US history generating a ferocity of debate a challenging of conventions and a testing of visionary hopes that surpassed any other period in US history The revolution in American culture was most evident in the years of 1965 and 1968 which proved to be the most eventful in the decade They were the focal years for the two major issues of that decade in varying forms The issues were those of the civil rights and anti-war movements For the civil rights movement with the passage of the civil rights act of 1964 it seemed that blacks were finally approaching the promised land of equality However persistent unlawful discrimination continued and the events at Selma Alabama in 1965 highlighted and raised national awareness which led to the passage of the Voting rights act This was followed by the Watts riots which marked a watershed in the evolution of black militance reflecting the burgeoning militancy and resort to violence The year 1965 also saw the escalation of the war in Vietnam as President Lyndon B Johnson committed more troops with the rise of the anti-war movement as a rational polar response By going through these events chronologically the focus of the 60s can then be reflected in 1968 and the events of that year Their primacy will be looked at comparatively in the context of the same issues those of anti-war and civil rights 1968 saw the culmination of the anti-war movement with the rebellion in Chicago at the democratic national convention marking the climax of the idealistic liberal notions of the 60s At the same time in Vietnam the Tet offensive launched by the Vietcong and the My Lai massacre signalled the beginning of the end for US involvement in Vietnam Finally the assassination of MLK led to the collapse of the civil rights movement as the ideological rifts took their toll These events during the
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