Essay on The 1960s Of The 1950s

775 Words Apr 1st, 2016 4 Pages
The 1960s

Certainly one of the most influential decades in the history of the United States was the 1960s. Several prominent events and characteristics of this era have directly influenced the ideas, actions, culture of the nation seen in present times. The 1960s was a decade of increased conflict with Communism, increased government welfare, and moral depravity. The 1960s was a decade of increased conflict with Communism. The United States entered a new decade along with a new president, John F. Kennedy. He dealt with two major events regarding Communism. The first was the Bay of Pigs invasion, in which Cuban exiles were sent to invade Cuba and to overthrow the Castro regime. However, when Kennedy refused to give the exiles the very much needed air support, the plan was quickly annihilated. There should have been complete American air support, for it to have been feasible. (Johnson 624) The public disapproved of the event.(Johnson 624) Soon afterward, when American spy planes captured photos of assembled Soviet missiles in Cuba, another serious issue was in the making. In what became known as the Cuban Missile Crisis, the United States defended itself from nuclear war by blockading the Cuban island and then demanding that the Soviets remove all of the missiles. Furthermore, conflict with Communist Vietnam escalated drastically. While on the surface fighting in Vietnam might have seemed appropriate, there was never an absolute goal stated while fighting there. Because…

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