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Learning One's Native TongueCitizenship, Contestation, and Conflict in America$
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Tracy B. Strong

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780226623191

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226623368.001.0001

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Where Do All These Stories Go? The 1960s, The New Left, and Beyond

Where Do All These Stories Go? The 1960s, The New Left, and Beyond

(p.262) 10 Where Do All These Stories Go? The 1960s, The New Left, and Beyond
Learning One's Native Tongue

Tracy B. Strong

University of Chicago Press

The Cold War in effect delegitimates an entire range of the political spectrum. At the same time, the country is becoming more of one piece as technological advances improve. Into this new world come five forces: rock and roll; the civil rights movement; anti-anti Communism; expansion of higher education; a generational divide fueled by the above and on the availability of reliable contraception and, somewhat later, recreational drugs. The most important movement for whites were the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). For blacks, most likely the Nation of Islam, the Black Panther Party, as well as the civil rights organizations.1964 saw the Freedom Summer – an attempt at registering blacks in the South to vote. Tragically, three (two white and a black) were murdered. National media made this unavoidable and led to the Voting and Civil Rights Acts of 1964 and 1965. Over time, successes were fewer and fewer and some groups (white and black) turned to serious violence. Meantime American involvement in the war in Vietnam eventually led President Johnson to refuse to stand for another term. Demonstrations at the Democratic convention in 1968 were repressed very violently – all covered on national television.

Keywords:   Brown vs Board of Education, Congress of Racial Equality, Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee, NAACP, Black Panther Party, Malcolm X, House Committee on Un-American Affairs, Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), Chicago Seven, Morley Safer and ‘burning the village to save it

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