Why were the sixties aimportance to our country’s history?The
sixties were an exciting, revolutionary, turbulent time of great social and
technological change: assassination, unforgettable fashion, new musical
styles, Camelot, civil rights, women’s liberation, a controversial and decisive
war in Vietnam, the anti-war protest to go along with the war, space
exploration and the space race, peace marches, flower power, great TV and
film and sexual freedom, and of course the great babyboomers.The sixties
also showed Communism coming into the Western hemisphere and thus
coming to the Cuban Missile Crisis.Movements towards the end to poverty,
helping the environment, and the women’s rights all came to be in the
sixties.Medical breakthroughs were important in the sixties.This essay
explains the events and people of the sixties from 1960 to 1970.
One thing in the sixties was the years of the American Camelot.In
1960 a president was elected by the slimmest measure of margin since 1884,
“John Fitzgerald Kennedy is elected president by just over 100,000
votes”(Turbulent Years 23).Some say that John’s father bought the election,
but the truth is unknown.This election was thefirst election that was on
radio and television.Kennedy and Nixon engaged in thefirst televised
campaign debates. President Kennedy was the youngest man to become
president and the youngest president to die in office.President Kennedy
was also thefirst and only Roman Catholic President inhistory.
During President Kennedy’s Presidency, he had to make many
decisions about the relationship between the United States and the Soviet
Union.In the sixties the “Cold War” was heating up.Before President
Kennedy came into office, a U-2 plane was shot down in the Soviet Union
while spying on the Soviet Union, thus cutting all Diplomatic ties between
the Soviet Union and the United States. Amongst …