Fifty Years Ago: A Turning Point in Civil Rights, the 1960s and US Politics

The year 2014 has been one of highly significant 50-year anniversaries: the introduction of Lyndon Johnsons War on Poverty; passage of the Civil Rights Act; the first of the nations urban riots; Mississippi Freedom Summer; the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, which escalated the US war in Vietnam; and Berkeleys Free Speech Movement.In many circles, 1968 is seen as the crucial turning point in which the spread of tumultuous uprisings around the world not only wrought significant social change, but also helped to generate a backlash that ushered in the neoliberal era that currently dominates the globe. I would argue, however, that the seeds for that transformation were planted via the historic events occurring in 1964.

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Author: Makere

A Maori/Scots New Zealander transplanted to Canada. Grandmother, academic, indigenous scholar, sometime singer, sometime activist, who cares passionately about our world.