The 1960’s: Decade of Disillusionment

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The 1960’s and early 1970’s were a time that eternally changed the culture and humanity of America. It was a time widely known for peace and love when in reality; many minorities were struggling to gain a modicum of equality and freedom. It was a time, in which a younger generation rebelled against the conventional norms, questioning power and government, and insisting on more freedoms for minorities. In addition, an enormous movement began rising in opposition to the Vietnam War. It was a time of brutal altercations, with the civil rights movement and the youth culture demanding equality and the war in Vietnam put public loyalty to the test. Countless African-Americans, Native-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, women, and college students…show more content…
In response to the protest Congress enacted the Indian Self-Determination Act of 1974; this granted the tribes the control of federal aid programs and control of their school systems. After President Johnson proposed the Immigration Act of 1965, which abolished quotas, immigrants from Asia and Latin America flooded the United States. Like the Native Americans, the Latinos wanted to better their situations as well. They found a leader in César Chávez, who organized the United Farm Workers Organizing Committee (UFW). He sought to improve working conditions for the migrant workforce and planned national consumer boycotts of grapes and other products. Chicano students rose up together to form MEChA, a movement for bilingual and bicultural education, and Chicano studies in colleges. One of the last major social movements of the 1960’s was the Second Wave of Feminism. This wave would bring about profound and lasting economic and legal changes to the status of women. President Kennedy established the first Presidential Commission on the Status of Women. The commission issued a statement citing employment discrimination including unequal pay, legal inequality, and insufficient support services for working women. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was amended to include barring sex discrimination but for the most part the EEOC ignored
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