1968 Was a Turning Point for the United States. Assess the Validity of This Statement

652 Words Apr 5th, 2008 3 Pages
During the 1960s our nation was going through many important and crucial events. From the Vietnam War to national politics, and even civil rights, our country was changing a lot. In particular, the year 1968, was when our country went through a major turning point, especially when you take in consideration the major events that involved the Vietnam War and the civil rights movement such as the “Tet Offense”, violent protests, and the Civil Rights Act being passed. The Vietnam War is still a very controversial subject to this day. Whether or not we won is still being debated, but during 1968 there were many significant events that took place involving the Vietnam War. The most significant would probably be the “Tet Offense”. On January …show more content…
The Civil Rights movement was a very important event that helped in the forming of our country. Probably the most famous and influential civil rights movement leaders, Martin Luther King Jr. were assassinated on April 4, right outside of his hotel room in Tennessee. There were many civil rights movements and protests during this year. One example is when Jeanette Rankin, former congresswoman, lead 5000women to Capitol Hill in protest for women’s rights and the Vietnam War. This same year, the EEOC ruled that sex-segregated help wanted ads in newspapers were illegal. This opened the way for women to apply for higher-paying jobs that were open only to men at the time. On February 8, there was a protest against a white-only bowling alley. It was the “All-Star Bowling Lane” in Orangeburg, South Carolina, and led to the death of 3 college students. One of the most significant civil rights movements would be what dealt with housing issues. Protests about fair housing led to the Fair Housing Act of 1968 that allowed open housing for people of all races. The Black Panthers were also making headway in civil rights on February 17th, 1968. On April 11, 1968, President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act; This Act prohibited the discrimination in the sale, rental, and financing of houses. This act also reinstated and reinvigorated the African Americans' right to full citizenship. During the year 1968, our country went