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America in White, Black, and Gray: A History of the Stormy by Klaus P. Fischer

By Klaus P. Fischer

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No decade because the finish of global warfare II has been as seminal in its ancient value because the Nineteen Sixties. That stormy interval unleashed a bunch of pent-up social and generational conflicts that had now not been skilled because the Civil battle: excessive racial and ethnic strife, chilly conflict terror, the Vietnam warfare, counter-cultural protests, arguable social engineering, and political rancor.

Numerous experiences on quite a few facets of those matters were written during the last 35 years, yet few have so effectively built-in the many-sided parts right into a coherent, man made, and trustworthy e-book that mixes solid storytelling with sound scholarly research. the most fabrics coated often is the Kennedy and Johnson presidencies; the Civil Rights move; the Vietnam warfare and the protest it generated; the recent Left, scholar radicals, and Black scholar militancy; and, eventually, the counter-cultural facet of the 60s: hippies, intercourse and Rock 'n' Roll.

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Kennedy was a major catalyst of change, and his tragic death ushered in five years of unprecedented turmoil in American society. During those five years (1963-68), the shock waves of civil rights, Vietnam, youth rebellions, and cultural wars reached such intensity that America seemed on the verge of social collapse. In reconstructing the dramatic events of the 1960s, I therefore locate the decade's center of gravity in those five years that stretch from the assassination of John F. Kennedy in November 1963 to the election of Richard Nixon in 1968.

The assumption behind this approach was that ties of wealth and well-being would transcend ties of race or class, and that America would eventually be able to empower the teeming millions and lift them out of poverty and ignorance. Thus, with everybody well-off, there would be no more conflict, the assumption being that all social, racial, or ethnic conflict is fueled by economic circumstances. Two twin myths had to be widely believed to make this approach even remotely successful. The first myth was that America was a land of unlimited opportunities in which anyone who was hard-working, thrifty, and innovative could rise from rags to riches, from log cabin to the White House.

These optimistic assumptions were based on a liberal belief that government in the United States could not be an instrument of special interests in a pluralist democracy. According to this notion, power in the United States was divided and scattered among a plurality of competing interests, making it difficult, if not impossible, for any single group to acquire a monopoly over the whole of government. Individuals and groups thus always had the opportunity to exercise some degree of power under a pluralist democracy.

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