"During the 1960s, the United States had become a more open, more tolerant, freer country." How would you defend or refute that statement with specific examples that demonstrate more openness, tolerance, and freedom or the lack thereof?

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There are several examples that one might cite to support this argument. The first would be the passage of federal legislation that ended legally-sanctioned segregation and white supremacy. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 essentially outlawed segregation based on race, sex, national origin, or other basis. It was followed by the Voting Rights Act that worked to eliminate discrimination in voting, ensuring that more people had access to the political process. Very public movements for the rights of women, Native Americans, the LGBTQ community, and other groups also emerged from the 1960s, bringing their concerns before the national consciousness. The period witnessed a so-called "sexual revolution," in which people began to break free of traditional mores, and women, thanks to increased access to contraception, could live more open and free sexual lives. Some major federal initiatives that were part of the Great Society attacked poverty, especially in rural areas and inner cities. So there...

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