A Journey through Politics and Culture This web site serves as a reference guide focusing on the placement of the events of the s into historical context. The focus is on the secondary literature mostly books and websites that have relevant primary source materials related to the political, social and cultural history of the s.
Disasters[ edit ] Natural: The Valdivia earthquakealso known as the Great Chilean earthquake, is to date the most powerful earthquake ever recorded, rating 9.
The main tsunami raced across the Pacific Ocean and devastated Hilo, Hawaii. Gulf Coast, especially in the state of Louisiana. Fires had erupted on the river many times, including 22 Junewhen a river fire captured the attention of Time magazine, which described the Cuyahoga as the river that "oozes rather than flows" and in which a person "does not drown but decays.
Gulf Coast at Category 5 Status. On 15 FebruarySabena Flight crashed on its way to Brussels, Belgium, killing all 72 passengers on board and 1 person on the ground. Among those killed were all 18 members of the US figure skating team, on their way to the World Championships.
Since the wreckage of the aircraft is lost to this day, the cause of the crash remains a mystery. All people on board perished.
All aboard died. A total of people died in the crash. Social and political movements[ edit ] Counterculture and social revolution[ edit ] Flower Power Bus In the second half of the decade, young people began to revolt against the conservative norms of the time, as well as remove themselves from mainstream liberalism, in particular the high level of materialism which was so common during the era.
This created a "counterculture" that sparked a social revolution throughout much of the Western world. It began in the United States as a reaction against the conservatism and social conformity of the s, and the U.
The youth involved in the popular social aspects of the movement became known as hippies. These groups created a movement toward liberation in society, including the sexual revolutionquestioning authority and government, and demanding more freedoms and rights for women and minorities.
The Underground Pressa widespread, eclectic collection of newspapers served as a unifying medium for the counterculture.
The movement was also marked by the first widespread, socially accepted drug use including LSD and marijuana and psychedelic music. Opposition to United States involvement in the Vietnam War A female demonstrator offers a flower to military police on guard at the Pentagon during an anti-Vietnam War protest.
As late as the end offew Americans protested the American involvement in Vietnam, but as the war dragged on and the body count continued to climb, civil unrest escalated. Students became a powerful and disruptive force and university campuses sparked a national debate over the war.
As the movement's ideals spread beyond college campuses, doubts about the war also began to appear within the administration itself.
A mass movement began rising in opposition to the Vietnam Warending in the massive Moratorium protests inas well as the movement of resistance to conscription "the Draft" for the war. Other terms heard in the United States included " the Draft ", " draft dodger ", " conscientious objector ", and " Vietnam vet ".
Voter age-limits were challenged by the phrase: Civil rights movement Leaders of the civil rights movement in front of the statue of Abraham Lincoln, 28 August Beginning in the mids and continuing into the late s, African-Americans in the United States aimed at outlawing racial discrimination against black Americans and voting rights to them.
This article covers the phase of the movement between andparticularly in the South.
The emergence of the Black Power movementwhich lasted roughly from toenlarged the aims of the civil rights movement to include racial dignity, economic and political self-sufficiencyand anti-imperialism.
The movement was characterized by major campaigns of civil resistance.The s (pronounced "nineteen-sixties") was a decade of the Gregorian calendar that began on 1 January , and ended on 31 December The term "s" also refers to an era more often called the Sixties, denoting the complex of inter-related cultural and political trends around the globe.
Introduction to the Reader. As the war escalated throughout the decade, contentious moral issues were raised, protest became stronger, and rallies became more important, especially as these rallies often grew violent, and occasionally deadly.
is key to understanding these troubled years of American history.
Introduction to the s This web site serves as a reference guide focusing on the placement of the events of the s into historical context. The focus is on the secondary literature mostly books and websites that have relevant primary source materials related to the political, social and cultural history of the s.
U.S. History. I NTRODUCTION; C ONTEXT E VIDENCE A SSIGNMENTS student activism obscures the much more complicated reality of student politics and student life during a tumultuous decade beginning in the s and continuing into the s. (known then as both VPI and Virginia Tech, its current moniker) in the spring of .
Watch video · The s was a decade marked by the Watergate scandal, the growing women's rights, gay rights and environmental movements, and s fashion and music. Learn more on lausannecongress2018.com Many of the "radical" ideas of the s gained wider acceptance in the new decade and were mainstreamed into American life and culture.
The events of the times were reflected in and became the inspiration for much of the music, literature, entertainment and fashion of the decade.