How Did Social Attitudes Change In The Years 1955-75?

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How much did social attitudes change in the years 1955-75? Between the years 1955-75 there were many changes regarding the law that seemed like it would have a positive change however did not make much of an impact on the social attitudes towards the issue. The main ones in my opinion are abortion, immigration, death penalty and homosexuality. The main change in the 60s in my opinion was the legalisation of abortion in 1967. In the view of the government this would have a good impact on society because it reduced the amount of children being put up for adoption, less people would go through back street abortion which was a very dangerous procedure and the government also believed it would reduce the amount of poverty. Although it seemed like the legalisation of abortion was a positive…show more content…
The death penalty was abolished in 1965 by the government who believed it would stop innocent people from being killed even though many people in Britain believed that it shouldn’t be abolished. After the abolition of the death penalty 70% of people in Britain still believed that murderers should be hung. This shows that the social attitudes did not change. A final issue which social attitudes did not change towards is Homosexuality. In the year 1967 The Sexual Offences Act was put in place meaning that people could no longer be arrested for being homosexual. Although this was a positive change for people that were homosexual it on the other hand was a negative for people that thought homosexuality was wrong, such as religious or conservative people. People’s attitudes towards homosexuality did not change showing in my opinion that social attitudes did not change in the years 1955-75. In conclusion I believe that although there were many changed between the years 1955-75 they however mostly didn’t change the social attitudes of people living in
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