Challenges Americans Faced In The 1960s And 1970s

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The decade of the 1960s and 1970 were not easy for America. America had faced some serious challenges during this period. Kennedy was the youngest person to be sworn as the President of the United States. He had very high expectation from the young Americans. He decided to introduce his New Frontier plan to fix the unemployment and inflation, and keeping the wage of the workers high. The movements, which happened from 1960-1980, challenged the American way. This era had witnessed the presidency of JFK and the revolution by the Martin Luther King Jr. The problems that they were facing in the 1960s had very severe effects in the next decade. There were challenges that America faced during this era such as the struggle for civil rights, the …show more content…
This decade was the watershed dividing two distinct eras regarding values, morals, and behavior. In 1960, the American society was not free of racism, sexism, and imperialism. Many young people lost their conventional rudders. Churches, families and schools were not able to define values and develop human behavior. Country’s Protestant lost their grip and weekly churchgoing diminished from 48% to 41%. In the 1960s in America, a negative attitude toward all kinds of authority took hold. The Free Speech Movement was one of the first organized protests against established authority. It took place at the University of California at Berkeley in 1964. The 1960s was the year of "sexual revolution." The introduction of the birth control pill made unwanted pregnancies easy to dodge. By the 1960s, gay men and lesbians were increasingly arising and asking sexual tolerance. That time was very hard for gays and lesbian. The Stonewall Rebellion was a series of riots that occurred when off-duty police officers attacked gay men. AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases slowed the sexual revolution. This time, when "Students for a Democratic Society" created the underground terrorist group called weathermen, (P: 230, 231, 232, …show more content…
Senate refused to approve it. The biggest hurdle for U.S was to get the hostages safe that were in the custody of the terrorist in Iran. On November 4, 1979, the group of anti-American Muslim militants attacked at the U.S. embassy in Tehran, Iran and took hostages; They wanted U.S to return the exiled Shah, who came to the U.S. two weeks earlier for cancer treatments. Then the Soviet Union came in the form of big problem for America. On 27 December 1979, Soviet Union penetrated Afghanistan and posed the threat to American oil supplies. In return, the U.S President Carter put the embargo on the Soviet Union and boycotted the Moscow Olympic games. Then, the President Carter suggested making the "Rapid Deployment Force" counter to suddenly developing crisis in anywhere in the world. The Iranian Hostage Crisis was a challenging problem for the United States. He tried to resolve it with the economic sanction and put pressure on Iran but it didn’t work. Then he ordered the rescue mission, which was a failure. In the end, President Carter could not solve this issue and that presidency term of Carter was the hottest term of any U.S president served, (P: 258,

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