Describe the economic and social changes of the United States in the 1950s and identify the problems associated with the change.

Many people played important roles in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s, while methods of persuasion ranged from peaceful and violent protests to political action and legislation, the message was still the same. We need change. Which person do you believe played the most important role in the Civil Rights Movement? Why do you feel this person was the most significant participant in the Civil Rights Movement? What method(s) did they use to persuade the people that change was necessary and were they successful?

In Unit 7, we will focus on the effects of World War II and the United States involvement in the Cold War on domestic policies and society. This is a time of fun and excitement, but also tension and change.

The 1950s brought with it an emergence of culture and spending; Rock-n-roll, television, a growing and successful middle-class. These were times of perceived happiness, overshadowing racial and social difficulties, and creating a polarized society. The events unfolding overseas during the Cold War will also fuel the instability arising at home.

The 1960s is often referenced as the Counterculture Movement, a turbulent era that brought with it liberal ideas and movements. From the protests over Vietnam and the Civil Rights Movement, to the rise of minority rights for Native Americans, Hispanic farmers, and women, it was a time to voice opinions in the spirit of change and social justice.

Objectives:

  • Describe the economic and social changes of the United States in the 1950s and identify the problems associated with the change.
  • Analyze the domestic and foreign policy decisions of Kennedy, Johnson, and Eisenhower and their effects on the economics, politics, and society of the United States.
  • Summarize the events of the Civil Rights Movement and evaluate the effectiveness of methods utilized by Civil Rights leaders.

Activities:

  • Read, view, and interact with Unit Readings & Resources
  • Actively participate in Unit Discussion(s).
  • Submit Current Event Journal U7.
  • Read Head’s up Final Thematic Essay Assignment.

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