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1960s: JFK and LBJ Years. 1960s: Most crucial decade in post-WWII: Cuban missile crisis; civil rights; Vietnam; women’s movement; moon-landing; immigration reform JFK: Cold War Liberal LBJ: Great Society vs. Vietnam War. JFK.

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1960s jfk and lbj years
1960s: JFK and LBJ Years

  • 1960s: Most crucial decade in post-WWII: Cuban missile crisis; civil rights; Vietnam; women’s movement; moon-landing; immigration reform

  • JFK: Cold War Liberal

  • LBJ: Great Society vs. Vietnam War


JFK

  • Election of 1960: Nixon vs. Kennedy; style, TV; closest until 2000; 1st Catholic

  • Cold War liberal: anti-communist, Cuban missile crisis brought world close to nuclear war, but also took step to ease tension

  • Increased Vietnam buildup

  • Hesitant support for civil rights


LBJ

  • One of the greatest or worst presidents

  • Best record on civil rights; Great Society, War on Poverty; Immigration Reform of 1965

  • Worst on foreign policy in Vietnam


Civil rights
Civil Rights

  • Martin Luther King as leader

  • March on Washington

  • Sit-ins; SNCC; CORE; Freedom summers

  • Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965

  • Rise of Black Power; Malcom X; Northern young African Americans


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