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The years from 1945 to 1974 were an era of Grand Expectations.  However, despite the...

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brigaither | Student | Honors

Posted May 27, 2012 at 3:22 AM via web

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The years from 1945 to 1974 were an era of Grand Expectations.  However, despite the optimism, new concerns were on the horizon. Select the most significant challenge of this era and explain its historical significance.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 27, 2012 at 3:35 AM (Answer #1)

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The most significant challenge of this era was the challenge of bringing greater democracy to the United States.  At the start of this era, there were still many flaws in America's system.  Most notably, African Americans did not enjoy equal legal rights and women were still treated as less than equal to men in many ways.  This challenge was historically significant because it was to lead to many of the major conflicts of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.  It would create new divisions in America between those who wanted to hold on to traditional, less egalitarian ways and those who wanted more modern attitudes to prevail.

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