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1960s: Domestic Affairs. Remember! Debate over how much federal government involvement there should be. Progressive Era WW I 1920s Great Depression – NEW DEAL WW II. 1960 Presidential Election.

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1960s domestic affairs
1960s: Domestic Affairs

Remember! Debate over how much federal government involvement there should be.

Progressive Era

WW I

1920s

Great Depression – NEW DEAL

WW II

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Republicans campaign on being tough on communism (Dems let China fall!) and JFK’s inexperience

  • Democrats run on “getting the economy started again” and falling behind the Russians
jfk s new frontier
JFK’s “New Frontier”

“Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country!”

Extend unemployment

Minimum wage

Food Stamp program

Mortgage loans

Health care for elderly

jfk and civil rights
JFK and Civil Rights

On the one hand, JFK personally supported the Civil Rights program.

- G-boro Sit-ins

- Freedom Riders

- Integration of universities (AL & MS)

- March on Washington

BUT, he needed white southern Democrats to support him.

- Defeat of the Civil Rights Bill of 1963

american university speech 1963
American University Speech, 1963
  • LTBT (Limited Test Ban Treaty)
  • Hotline between Kremlin and White House
the great society
The Great Society
  • Civil Rights
  • War on Poverty
    • Economic Opportunity Act (Appalachia)
    • Food Stamps
  • Heath Care (Medicare; Medicaid)
  • Education

Elementary and Secondary

Education Act (ESEA)

    • Head Start
guns v butter
GUNS v. BUTTER

Vietnam War (Cold War)

Great Society

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