America in White, Black, and Gray: A History of the Stormy by Klaus P. Fischer

By Klaus P. Fischer

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No decade because the finish of worldwide warfare II has been as seminal in its ancient importance because the Sixties. That stormy interval unleashed a bunch of pent-up social and generational conflicts that had now not been skilled because the Civil conflict: extreme racial and ethnic strife, chilly battle terror, the Vietnam warfare, counter-cultural protests, debatable social engineering, and political rancor.

Numerous experiences on quite a few points of those concerns were written during the last 35 years, yet few have so effectively built-in the many-sided parts right into a coherent, artificial, and trustworthy ebook that mixes reliable storytelling with sound scholarly research. the most fabrics lined may be the Kennedy and Johnson presidencies; the Civil Rights flow; the Vietnam conflict and the protest it generated; the hot Left, scholar radicals, and Black scholar militancy; and, ultimately, the counter-cultural facet of the 60s: hippies, intercourse and Rock 'n' Roll.

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The 1960s were dominated by pragmatic liberals in the Democratic Party who set the terms of the social agenda, witnessed its breakdown under the impact of radical protests, and were ultimately routed from their stranglehold on American politics by an angry population that gave Richard Nixon and the Republican Party a chance to redefine the terms of the social debate. The stage of the 1960s, then, was set by a liberal political framework that was pragmatic enough for change, if forced to change, willing enough to engage in social reform, if pressured into reform, but unwilling and, in fact, incapable of accommodating the rising demands on the extreme ends of the political spectrum.

John F. Kennedy was a major catalyst of change, and his tragic death ushered in five years of unprecedented turmoil in American society. During those five years (1963-68), the shock waves of civil rights, Vietnam, youth rebellions, and cultural wars reached such intensity that America seemed on the verge of social collapse. In reconstructing the dramatic events of the 1960s, I therefore locate the decade's center of gravity in those five years that stretch from the assassination of John F. Kennedy in November 1963 to the election of Richard Nixon in 1968.

Future generations of Americans, however, tended to see the accomplishments of the founders as a frozen rather than a living monument, a fossil set between the pages of a book or a document exhibited in a display case. Though born in revolution, they became the most unrevolutionary people and supported revolutions in other parts of the world only if they met the test of their own revolutionary experience. Since they believed that they were already blessed by political perfection, they often displayed condescending or self-righteous attitudes toward people who chose to govern themselves differently.

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