Dating before 1960
Johnson could muster the political capital to enact his own expansive program of reforms.
That year, Johnson declared that he would make the United States into a “Great Society” in which poverty and racial injustice had no place.
(Richard Nixon, chief spokesman for the silent majority, won the election that fall.) Martin Luther King Jr.
and Bobby Kennedy, the two most visible leftists in American politics, were assassinated.
And the urban riots that had erupted across the country every summer since 1964 continued and intensified. In the summer of 1969, for example, more than 400,000 young people trooped to the Woodstock music festival in upstate New York, a harmonious three days that seemed to represent the best of the peace-and-love generation.
By the end of the decade, however, community and consensus lay in tatters.
On June 27, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City’s Greenwich Village.
The era’s legacy remains mixed–it brought us empowerment and polarization, resentment and liberation–but it has certainly become a permanent part of our political and cultural lives.
It's one of those words with which most people are familiar, but have vastly differing opinions of what it means. It summons visions of men women with small tokens of affection and asking their hand in marriage on bended knee.
At the beginning of the 1960s, many Americans believed they were standing at the dawn of a golden age.
On January 20, 1961, the handsome and charismatic John F. His confidence that, as one historian put it, “the government possessed big answers to big problems” seemed to set the tone for the rest of the decade. On the contrary, by the end of the 1960s it seemed that the nation was falling apart. Kennedy had promised the most ambitious domestic agenda since the New Deal: the “New Frontier,” a package of laws and reforms that sought to eliminate injustice and inequality in the United States.
In 1964, Congress authorized the president to take “all necessary measures” to protect American soldiers and their allies from the communist Viet Cong. Meanwhile, many of their parents and peers formed a “silent majority” in support of the war.