Making Sense Of The Sixties In A Dark Time Analysis

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America has always confronted issues of freedom and civil liberties; education and war. The period between 1964 and 1968 was a particularly complex and confusing time in America. Forty years later, Americans are facing many of these same issues. Using the video “Making Sense of the Sixties: In a Dark Time”, this paper will evaluate the parallels between the mid-60’s and today. As 1964 began, America was in the middle of an election year. The previous President was Lyndon B. Johnson, who had assumed the office after John F. Kennedy was assassinated. With the support of a sentimental public, Lyndon B. Johnson solidly won the 1964 election by one of the biggest landslides in modern history. Throughout his presidency, Johnson put in place legislation…show more content…
Many of these programs are still helping people today. The Endowment for the Arts, offered public funding to arts projects throughout the nation. “In its 40-year history, the National Endowment for the Arts has awarded more than 120,000 grants that have brought art to Americans in communities large and small. 1” Another program, Medicare, was created to guarantee access to health care for those over age sixty-five and for the poor. According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, in 2006, Medicare provided health care coverage for 43.2 million Americans. Enrollment is expected to climb to 77 million by 2031, when the baby boomers are fully enrolled 2. In addition to health care Johnson was concerned with education. He hoped to become known as "The Education President.” HeadStart was designed to focus on preparing children from low-income families for school, with the hopes of ending the cycle of poverty through education. In 2006 nearly one million children were enrolled in HeadStart and it is estimated that more than 24 million children had participated in this program 3. Like Johnson, President George W. Bush implemented education reforms. The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 is aimed at improving education through standards and accountability. Schools that excel receive awards, recognition, and grants. My children’s school, St. James White Oak, is the only school in America to receive the No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon Award four

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