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1.) What happened to public confidence in the federal government and military between 1940 and 1990? Was it consistently high? Low? Did it oscillate between the two? Make an argument one way or the other, making sure to support your narrative with specific events, wars, and historical figures that inspired either cynicism or confidence regarding the institutions of authority in the United States in this period. Use assigned books, films, and lectures to support your argument.
Thesis: Public confidence in the federal government and military between 1940 and 1990 initially grew because of the economic and military prosperity, yet this quickly deteriorated because of the antiwar sentiment and then Nixon’s presidency.
1. Economic prosperity after wartime
1. WWII had a profound impact of American domestic life by ending the Great Depression\ 2. By the middle of 1941, the economic problems that resided in America ( unemployment/deflation) in the 1930’s had vanished
3. 1945, federal budget had raised to $100 billion
4. Gross national product went from 91 billion in 1939 to $166 billion in 1945 5. Personal incomes in some regions grew as much as 100%
6. manufacturing facilities were created in Cali and elsewhere to serve needs of military, strengthening confidence; $40 billion of wartime capital investments
7. War Production Board= under the direction of Donald Nelson
1. despite it’s administrative problems, the war economy still managed to meet almost all of the nations critical war needs
8. Women in workforce went from 14 million working in 1940 to 19 million just 4 years later; represented married women Don't forget about the age old question of What is Gantt Chart?
9. Sputnik/atomic weapons (1957)
10. Atomic movie
2) Anti War
The Tonkin Gulf Incident 1964 provided the president with a virtual blankcheck to overtly enter into the VietNam War, which had been covertly orchestrated by military "advisers" for a period of years. And as we see today, it started the downward spiral of public faith and trust in the halls of government.
beginning in 1964, students began burning their draft cards as acts of defiance Tet Offensive 1968
strike military and civilian command and control centers throughout South Vietnam
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Anti war: Vietnam Moratorium in 1969
The new technology in transmitting news brought the horrific war images and news into the home
2.) Richard Nixon
Initial confidence with Vietnamization
Nixon and Kissinger wanted to tip the military balance in Americas favor by destroying the bases in Cambodia and Laos (they believed the Japanese were launched a lot of their attacks from here)
Spring of 1970, anti war protests were revived and
May 4, National guard opened fire on antiwar demonstrators at Kent State University in Ohio
Pentagon papers released by the press proved the government was being dishonest, both in reporting the military process of the war and in explaining its motives for American involvement
—> even American troops moral and discipline in Vietnam began to deteriorate Mai Lai Massacre (Leuitenet Calley was convicted of overseeing a massacre of more than 100 unarmed S. Vietnamese civilians in 1968) attracted attention to public about the dehumanizing impact on the war on those who fought it Don't forget about the age old question of Who is Harvey Milk?
By 1971, 2/3 Americans supports the withdraw from Vietnam
yet, Nixon thought that US would lose credibility if we lost in Vietnam distrust in leaders for the watergate scandal in 1972
The Malaise Speech (“Crisis of Confidence”) decade following
2.) “ The lives of African American people, N and S, have improved dramatically since 1940” Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Select a few specific aread economic achievemnet, political rights, geographic movementect. and make an argument for either progress or stagnation in the position of black between 1940 and the 1990s.
Thesis: Since 1940, the lives of African Americans improved dramatically due to the emergence of political rights activists and committees, along with acts passed by the government. Yet, along with this dramatic change, also came a lot of backlash.
• Political rights activists and committees,
• Rosa Parks refused to give up seat to a white man and she had to go to court • The racist atmosphere on buses was strengthened by the attitude of the allwhite driving staff
• no African Americans would ride the buses on Monday, 5 December 1955 blacks were large part of bus income
• the boycott lasted a year
• she caused a chain of events that concluded with a United States Supreme Court decision prohibiting bus segregation
• National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred
• Congress of Racial Equality
• achieving change through nonviolence Don't forget about the age old question of What is Statistical Deviancy?
• Acts passed by government
• Brown I vs. Brown II
• gov saying how to do it
• overturning Plessys Separate but Equal
• The Civil Rights Act (1964)
• banned segregation in public accommodations
• banned racial and gender discrim. by employers and unions
• promised federal aid to communities with desereagatins as a condition for receiving money We also discuss several other topics like what is Behavioral Genetics?
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• Voter Registration
• The Voting Rights Act (1965)
• banned the tricks that prevented AA from voting
• authorized fed. oversight of sus voting districts
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