Radicalism During the Cold War: Feminist Revolutions

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The Cold War was a time in the world in which multiple social and political changes had taken place. During this time America went through military conflicts such the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and other fights to prevent the spread of Communism. America also experienced a lot of change socially, such as the Civil Rights Movement, the unionizing of Latino Workers in the Southwest United States, and the rise of the Hippy Movement. This is also a time of social turmoil in the United States. Everywhere in America, from college campuses to Hippy Communes, there were protestors over Civil Rights, Latino Rights, Women’s Rights and Environmental Protection. All of these societal problems were examined in the six documents that were analyzed in the past unit. Of the six the documents, the three that could be viewed the most radical are documents one, five, and six, these were the documents that dealt with the idea of women making changes in society such as those for equality or to benefit all of society in general. However, the most radical of these three documents and the unit, would be Document Five. Radical by definition means, especially when referring to an action, affecting the fundamental nature of something. This act is the basis to why these three documents are more radical than documents two, three, and four that where also analyzed in this unit. Yes, it an be said that for the time all these documents could be considered on some basis radical, but documents one, five, and six go farther back into human society than the concept of racial hierarchy and analyzes the very basis of human society and how it could be changed. Therefore, the act of attempting to change society’s view of the inequality of the sexes, which is occurring throughout the three documents, would be more radical because it is attempting to change one of the most fundamental views of
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