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The CNN reporter Charles Kaiser asserted a couple of years ago that "the 1960s did more...

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sandy2313 | Student, College Freshman | (Level 2) Honors

Posted April 23, 2013 at 10:06 PM via web

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The CNN reporter Charles Kaiser asserted a couple of years ago that "the 1960s did more to improve our republic than any other era in U.S. history." To what extent do you agree with Kaiser's assertion? Explain.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 23, 2013 at 10:44 PM (Answer #1)

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I agree with this statement to a great degree, but we must not lose sight of the fact that the 1960s did have some very negative impacts on the country as well.

If we are to argue that the 1960s did more to improve our country than any other decade, we would have to emphasize things like the Civil Rights Movement.  During the 1960s, there were many things that happened to bring justice to more parts of American society.  It was in the 1960s that segregation became illegal.  It was then that the right of African Americans to vote came to be effectively guaranteed.  It was also in the 1960s that women started to push for more rights.  All of this was very good for our country as it made the country more just and more democratic.

On the other hand, the 1960s had some really bad effects on our republic.  The 1968 election brought in the Republican Party’s “Southern Strategy” which has helped to result in a very racially polarized political system.  The Vietnam War was a debacle for the country and for the relationship between the government and the people. 

For these reasons, we can clearly say that the 1960s was very good for the country, but it was also bad for us in important ways.

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