Some historians have defined the historical period of the 1960s and 1970s as a watershed moment in us history because it represents critical change. the emergence of movements for equality, a well-organized political activist youth culture, and a counterculture that rebelled against established norms in society are all factors that highlight this change. is there a single person or event you think exemplifies the changing us society of the 1960s and 1970s? explain your choice and why you chose it. or, explain why you think no single person or event exemplifies this period. then, name an event that you think illustrates the changing perceptions of authority within the united states in the 1960s and 1970s and explain your reasoning.
There are many people who could exemplify the period, but a particularly important figure is Martin Luther King.
Martin Luther King is the central figurehead of the Civil Rights Movement, which was perhaps the most important social movement in American during this time. Martin Luther King was a great leader who gave a voice to the needs of African Americans, who had been subjected to all kinds of abuses from centuries before.
He gave a message of change, but always in peaceful manners. He was not a provocator, and openly called for tolerance between all people, regardless of the color of skin, or other attributes.
This is why he became such a central figure of this period.
He was the leader of the civil rights movement and fought for equality. He is one of the most important figures of the period because he managed to show how terrible racism was towards African-Americans at that time period and managed to get nationwide support which resulted in the passing of the civil rights act.
The event could be the Watergate scandal.
In this scandal it was proven that the President, Richard Nixon, was using government resources to illegally spy on his political opponents in order to get some dirt on them. This changed the perception of authority because people started observing their government more out of fear that the government was actively working against them and this increased the public's awareness of the government and what it was doing.
However, if you were to make this argument you could use the following:
a) Martin Luther King Jr.- His role in the Civil Rights movement and peace movement make him one of the biggest civil rights icons of the 21st century.
b) March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom- This 1963 march included hundreds of thousands of Americans and allowed MLK to give his "I have a dream speech."
He exemplifies the changes in the American society because of his leadership over the civil rights movement and his fight for equality. He wanted for African-American people to have civil rights which were denied to them and he organized many calm and peaceful protests and gained support from the entire country.
An event can be the Watergate incident.
This was an event in 1972 when it was discovered that Richard Nixon, the president at the time, was spying on his political opponents using the government in order to get the upper hand in elections. This got people questioning their government more than ever and increased the feeling of paranoia, leading to the overall spirit of the age that was marked in fear of the government spying on people.
The killings of Fred Hampton, Martin Luther King Jr., and Malcolm X, showed the African American and minority community how far the US government is willing to go, how much they are willing to cover up, and what they will willingly forget or not look into to oppress and supress their communities.
They both advocated for African American rights and equality and organized for these changes, though in different ways. Such would be Sit-ins or bus boycotting.
i think its provide for the common defense
ghana achieved independence peacefully, while algeria gained independence through an armed struggle.