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Many social changes that were addressed in the 1960s are still the issues being confronted today the 60s was a decade of social and political upheaval In spite of all the turmoil there were some positive results the civil rights revolution John F Kennedys bold vision of a new frontier and the breathtaking advances in space helped bring about progress and prosperity However much was negative student and anti-war protest movements political assassinations and ghetto riots excited american people and resulted in lack of respect for authority and the law The decade began under the shadow of the cold war with the soviet union which was aggravated by the U-2 incident the Berlin wall and the Cuban Missile Crisis along with the space race with the USSR The decade ended under the shadow of the viet nam war which deeply divided americans and their allies and damaged the countrys self-confidence and sense of purpose Even if you werent alive during the 60s you know what they meant when they said tune in turn on drop out you know why the nation celebrates Martin Luther King Jrs birthday All of the social issues are reflected in todays society the civil rights movement the student movement space exploration the sexual revolution the environment medicine and health and fun and fashion The momentum of the previous decades civil rights gains led by rev Martin Luther King Jr carried over into the 1960s but for most blacks the tangible results were minimal only a minuscule percentage of black children actually attended integrated schools and in the south Jim Crow practices barred blacks from jobs and public places New groups and goals were formed new tactics devised to push forward for full equality as often as not white resistance resulted in violence this violence spilled across tv screens nationwide the average neutral american after seeing hisher tv screen turned into a civil rights supporter Black unity and white support continued
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