Key Problem in the Port Huron Statement

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Key Problem in the Port Huron Statement The Port Huron Statement was a written declaration by an American student activist movement called the Students for a Democratic Society, SDS. The key problem found within the Port Huron Statement addresses the dissatisfaction and disillusionment many young people were feeling in the 1960s and also that there was a big gap in the society, or in America, on what life should be and what it actually was. “The United States was the wealthiest and the strongest country in the world; the only one with the atom bomb, the least scarred by modern war, an initiator of the United Nations that we thought would distribute Western influence throughout the world. Freedom and equality for each individual, government of, by, and for the people- there American values we found good, principles by which we could live as men” (Albert 176). This was not at all how the sixties really played out though. They grew complacent with their “comfortable world” but the younger generation saw it differently. The key elements to this problem include, complacency, “…the victimizing fact of human degradation, symbolized by the Southern struggles against racial bigotry…” and “the enclosing fact of the Cold War, symbolized by the presence of the Bomb, brought awareness that we ourselves, and our friends, millions of abstract “others” we knew more directly because of our common peril, might die at anytime. As the Port Huron states, the American Golden Age was actually the decline of the era. “The worldwide outbreak of revolution against colonialism and imperialism, the entrenchment of totalitarian states, menace of war, overpopulation, international disorder, and super technology” (177) all these things too were contributing factors to the decline of the nation. All of these things shattered our view of the perfect world but we chose to respond to these
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