Civil Rights in the 1960's

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Imagine, for a moment, a society under turmoil. In this said society, the nation in question was afflicted with a plague of disillusion and a sense of dread that was spreading over the common citizen like wildfire. Try to picture a nation where family was pitted against family, one political alignment against another political agenda, and the security of the nation that at one time was stable, was now on the verge of toppling. While this sounds like a farfetched notion, this was our nation fighting an internal war during the 60s and early 70s. America, under the pressure of so many political and social dilemmas, was seemingly about to break.

If ever a time could be declared a crisis in America , the period of the 60s and 70s certainly would fit the bill. Arising from both the North and South was the bitter cry for equality by the long-oppressed African-American population.

The war in Vietnam had quickly turned into the war at home, with the general public not agreeing with the reasoning as to why North America had become involved in the communist conflict. Not to mention that with the combination of a youth movement that had drastically changed from the 40s and 50s; a new breed of youth seeking expansion of the mind, and liberation from what they saw as a totalitarian government.

All the while, the conflicts being faced by the people of the United States were slowly tearing what was known as the 'perfect American family' apart. Life, as it was known at the time, was rapidly changing, even if the ones who were conforming to new ways of life were not ready to adapt to the times. The rising use of prescription medication, and the wide-spread availability and use of many drugs, like narcotics...