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In which John Green teaches you about a time of relative tumult in the United States, the 1960s. America was changing rapidly in the 1960s, and rights movements were at the forefront of those changes. Civil Rights were dominant, but the 60s also saw growth in the Women's Movement, the LGBT rights movement, the Latino rights movement, and the American Indian movement. Also, Americans began to pay a bit more attention to the environment. All this change happened against the backdrop of the Cold War and the Rise of Conservatism. It was just wild. John will teach you about sit-ins, Freedom Rides, The March on Washington, MLK, JFK, LBJ, and NOW. Man, that is a lot of initialisms. And one acronym.
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Hey teachers and students - Check out CommonLit's free collection of reading passages and curriculum resources to learn more about the events of this episode. The early 1960s was defined by President Kennedy's vision laid out in his Inaugural Address in 1961. Civil Rights stayed strong throughout the 1960s, beginning with the peaceful sit-in movement in 1960 in the South and reaching a high point with Martin Luther King Jr. speaking at the March on Washington in 1963. The fight wasn't always easy though, as seen in the 1963 bombing of the black 16th Street Baptist Church. After Lincoln's assassination, President Johnson carried the torch of Civil Rights by passing the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and delivering his ”We Shall Overcome” Speech. Tragedy struck again in 1968 when Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, furthering the convictions of the black power movement that African Americans needed to rise up to defend themselves from injustice. Read more here: https://www.commonlit.org/texts/empowering-the-black-power-movement
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