During The 1950's Analysis

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One historian has written “Too much is made of the transformations that took place during the 1960s. If you take a closer look, you’ll see that most significant cultural and political changes actually are products of the 1950s.” Do you agree or disagree? Be sure to support your answer with specific examples. 750-1250 words (40 points) The historian who has written “Too much is made of the transformations that took place during the 1960s. If you take a closer look, you’ll see that most significant cultural and political changes actually are products of the 1950s” does have a valid point. Most people do not pay attention to how much had changed in the 1950's. Yes, quite of bit of significant transformations in the United States happened in…show more content…
Kennedy is now in office as of 1961, he is the youngest president elected in US history. In the beginning of his time he was more worried about foreign policy but then 1963 tides had changed. The civil rights movement was going head on and JFK had noticed something needed to be done. “...to call for the passage of a law banning discrimination in all places of public accommodation, a major goal of the civil rights movement”(Foner 964). It wasn't till after JFK was assassinated that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed. Another major victory for the CRM was the Voting Right Act of 1965. Johnson became the new president and decided to create a few new programs. The program he created was the Great Society, which was a response to prosperity not depression. “The Great Society, provided health services to the poor and elderly in the new Medicaid and Medicare programs and poured federal funds into education and urban development”(Foner 975). It is safe to thanks to these presidents that were in office in the 60's there were many significant political/government changes that enhanced the…show more content…
US wanted to focus on itself and the problems they faced within the country, never mind foreign problems. It would be a citizens surprise that the United States became a world superpower at one point and was becoming involved much more in global events and issues. Some believe that the United States shifted from isolationism to being involved in war for self-defense reasons while other say its a combination of economic reasons and self-defense. It began due to the bombing of Pearl Harbor and ever since then the US has not been for isolationism. The country then feared the spread of communism which lead into more global involvement. In the Truman Doctrine proposed by president Harry Truman he states “I believe that it must be a policy of the United States to support free peoples who are resisting attempted subjugation by armed minorities or by outside pressures”(Reading 151). What he means by this is that the future of the United States relies on helping other countries and keeping them safe from the threats of communism/totalitarianism. The US even got involved in the Korean war that was being fought within Korea due to the fear that communism may spread. This goes to show how US is no longer under isolationism but rather being the leader of the world trying to protect
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