The 1960s are a decade most commonly associated with tie-dye-clad hippies, psychedelic experimentation, and rock ‘n’ roll icons like the Beatles and Jimi Hendrix. But underneath the flower power, free love exterior, the ’60s were a period of radical social and political change—not only in the United States but around the world. The decade was one characterized by a host of juxtapositions; anger and fear over injustice and uneasy political conditions lived alongside notions of musical awakening and pacifist harmony. During the 1960s, fears centered around communism-fueled international crises between the U.S., the Soviet Union, and Cuba. Meanwhile, the nation’s involvement in the Vietnam War—also fueled by America’s unwavering objective to curb the spread of communism around the globe—gave rise to protests and anti-war acts of rebellion, including an underground press system and the burning of draft cards. When it came to civil liberties and individual freedoms, the ’60s were a time when marginalized and disenfranchised communities demanded change. Activists like Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X paved the way for civil rights activism as the struggle for equality and black rights in the U.S. reached an all-time high. Meanwhile, women were seeing new developments in their empowerment ,… Read full this story
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