What caused the change from liberalism to conservatism in the 1960s-1980s?I need to sum this up into about 4-5 body paragraphs, exluding intro and conclusion paragraphs. What events lead to this...

What caused the change from liberalism to conservatism in the 1960s-1980s?

I need to sum this up into about 4-5 body paragraphs, exluding intro and conclusion paragraphs. What events lead to this change?

I'm guessing Watergate is one. Is it? What about the Iran Contra Affair?

The election of Reagan?

 

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I would suggest that you should not use Watergate or the Iran-Contra Affair as reasons for the change towards conservatism.  Both were done by conservative presidents and would not really have made people more likely to support conservative ideas.

To explain this change, look to the 1960s.  This was a decade of huge changes.  There was the Civil Rights Movement, the Vietnam War, the Great Society, and the counterculture.  All of these things pushed the US towards more conservatism.

In the 1960s, the changes caused many Americans from Nixon's "silent majority" to feel that the US was changing too fast in cultural terms.  The protests against the war and for minority rights worried traditionalists and caused a backlash.  The spending on the war and the Great Society hurt the government finances and made people more conservative in terms of economics.  The move towards conservatism was a backlash against the liberalism of the 1960s.

You can argue that Reagan's election helped to push the move along since he became a popular conservative president.  But be sure to note that it was also a result of the changes.  Reagan would not have been elected if the US had not already been moving towards conservatism.

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Hi, i should also note, i need to show how to American people began to distrust the government over time. I know that Watergate sparked a lot of distrust in the government, as well as the Iran Contra affair.

 

So should I still leave those out

im just lost on how to fit everything in.

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questionseeker34 | Student | eNotes Newbie

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Thanks. I'll exclude those then. Should I include the Pentagon Papers then, since it was a reflection of the lies of Democrat Lyndon Johnson when he lied to Americans about the Gulf of Tonkin incident, and why he sent troops into Viet nam?

 

I'm really more so confused on how to set my paragraphs up.

Like after my introduction, what exactly should i begin with? Should i start with Lyndon Johnson, and the Gulf of Tonkin?


Since Nixon was a bad example of a Republican, should I exlude him completely, or should he be included?


Please tell me which examples I should use in which paragraphs.


Like

1st) Lyndon Johnson, Civil Rights movements perhaps?

2nd) Gulf of Tonkin, sending in of 500,000 troops by Johnson

3rd) Pentagon Papers, should Nixon even be included though?

4)  Rise of anti-integration campaigns, people taking children out of school in order to protest integration, development of religion in politics

5) election of Reagan, wealthy getting wealthier, poorer getting poorer


Can you please tell me which examples I should include, or disclude from my paragraphs?

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