November 20, 2009

The “Destruction” and “Construction” in the 1960s

In 1960, John F. Kennedy, the youngest president elected in the United States’ history, took office. Three years later, he was assassinated. In the same year, four young African American men in North Carolina staged a sit-in, protesting against the restaurant’s refusal of service and the order that they should leave. This set off the Civil Rights Movement; protestors fought against segregation and claimed for civil rights. In 1965, the Vietnam War began. Three million young people were sent to the battlefield in Asia. At the same time, the anti-war movement was in full swing. Student protests, the hippie culture, rock and roll music, and gay liberation overwhelmed the United States. Liberal, conservative, clashes, and toleration—values were quickly disintegrated but were swiftly reconstructed. How do we decipher the “great destruction” and the “great construction” that took place in the 1960s?

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The Sixties: The Years That Shaped a Generation
The 1960s was a decade marked by egocentricity and anti-authoritarianism. However, it was also a decade of hope. From the struggle for racial equality, the Vietnam War, the anti-war movement, the hippie movement, to moon landing, the 1960s was certainly the most unique, restless, and clamorous 10 years in the 20th Century. 


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