Students For A Democratic Society Essay

779 Words Apr 16th, 2015 4 Pages
Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) was a student activist movement made up mostly of college-aged, predominantly white people who spoke out in direct opposition to racial discrimination and the proliferation of nuclear weapons following World War II. Some may argue that The Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) were a bunch of spoiled, unappreciative brats who failed to understand the complexities of their own time, as evidenced by their most famous document, "The Port Huron Statement," which was the declaration of principles issued on June 15, 1962 by the SDS. Others may disagree with this statement. The members of the SDS, were a part of the generation created after World War II, a part of the Baby Boom era. They were conflicted by the ideals and fears of that time period and what their future would hold. As children, it seemed as though America was the greatest country on earth. It was the wealthiest, the strongest, the smartest, the most advanced, according to the Port Huron Document, "When we were kids the United States was the wealthiest and strongest country in the world; the only one with the atom bomb, the least scarred by modern war, an initiator of the United Nations that we thought would distribute Western influence throughout the world. Freedom and equality for each individual, government of, by, and for the people--these American values we found good, principles by which we could live as men." As they grew older though, events were happening around…

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