The 1960s Of The 1960 ' S

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The 1960’s brought about many changes to culture in the United States. Gone was the age of conformity; students were no longer going to remain silenced and blacks refused to have their voices and rights suppressed anymore. As it had been for centuries and will likely remain the case, life for blacks and whites was drastically different: most of the blacks in the country lived in the South under Jim Crow laws; white Americans were more preoccupied with Joseph McCarthy’s communist witch hunt. No one dared step out of line for fear of being accused of being a communist. The overwhelming conformity and underwhelming individualism of the fifties is what allowed the sixties to become so much more recognized as a part of history; people dared to step out of line through sit-ins, marches, and voter registration drives knowing the consequences of their actions. The late fifties and early sixties were a time of foundation for many of the activist groups that would drive the Civil Rights Movements and social changes for the rest of the twentieth century. Among these groups was the Black Panther Party for Self Defense. In October 1966, Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale founded the Black Panther Party for Self Defense and soon thereafter drafted the Ten Point Platform which drove the ambitions of the party. The points were: 1. We want freedom. 2. We want full employment for our people. 3. We want an end to the robbery by capitalists of the black community. 4. We want housing; we want

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