This essay considers two questions: first, was there a "civil war" within American society during the late 1960s? and second, which was the more divisive, the conflict over Vietnam or the conflict over personal liberty. It finds that there was no ...
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Published on Dec 01, 2008 in History (U.S. Post-Modern 1965-Present) , History (U.S. Civil War 1860-1865)
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This essay considers two questions: first, was there a "civil war" within American society during the late 1960s? and second, which was the more divisive, the conflict over Vietnam or the conflict over personal liberty. It finds that there was no civil war, that compared to the conflict which rent the nation during the nineteenth century was far more divisive and destructive that the conflict of the 1960s. It finds that there was no dichotomy of issues during this period, so that it is woefully inaccurate to speak of two conflicts. It was all one muddle.
From the Paper:COMMON GROUND I. IN 1965 TO 1974, THERE WAS NO CIVIL WAR. Because he was assassinated on November 22, 1963, it can never be known what President Kennedy would have done in a meeting with his advisors set for November 25 to discuss the situation in Vietnam. In the wake of his death, President Johnson made the passage of the Civil Rights Act then bottled up in Congress part of the Kennedy legacy. Elected over Barry Goldwater in 1964, President Johnson launched on the "War on Poverty," trying to bridge the great gulf of poverty which divided the country. While the resistance to the Civil Rights Act was
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