How did the Civil Rights Movement(s) and the 1980s contribute to reshaping conceptions of American identity and the meaning of the nation to different groups of people? Which period was more...

How did the Civil Rights Movement(s) and the 1980s contribute to reshaping conceptions of American identity and the meaning of the nation to different groups of people? Which period was more influential to the transforming of the nation? Select two topics or social groups to respond to this question.

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Many different groups were affected by the Civil Rights Movement(s). Much of the original impetus of these movements lay in the 1960s, which was an era of radical change in ethnic rights. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 is widely considered a landmark, second in importance only to the Emancipation proclamation and female suffrage.

Many of the movements for racial justice in subsequent decades grew out of the activism of the 1960s. Although the feminist movement dated back to earlier efforts to improve the rights and conditions of women, especially the suffragettes, it can be argued that the movements for racial justice in the 1960s also inspired a great resurgence of feminism, including the Women's Liberation movement and, more recently, #MeToo. Thus one could argue that the 1960s were more important than the 1980s.

The issue of gay and transgender rights also was positively influenced by the Civil Rights Movement but occurred somewhat later. The AiDs crisis of the 1980s galvanized gay...

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