Below you will find the Scoring Rubric which will be used to evaluate your Decades MultiMedia Project. Check to see that you have met all of the requirements before submitting your project for grading. Presentation completed on time: __Yes, ___No Included pictures of key political figures: ___Yes, ___No Included examples of fads: ___Yes, ___No Included speeches or quotes from influential people: ___Yes, ___No Included clothing fashions: ___Yes, ___No Included popular entertainment / entertainers: ___Yes, ___No Included popular sports figures / happenings: ___Yes, ___No Included significant scientists or inventors: ___Yes, ___No Included paintings or art: ___Yes, ___No Included significant books: ___Yes, ___No Included significant scientific or humanitarian advancements: ___Yes, ___No Included description of the time by philosophers, writers, historians, politicians, & or scientists: ___Yes, ___No Identified important businesses or industries: ___Yes, ___No Identified wars or military conflicts of the time: ___Yes, ___No Identified a central theme for the decade: ___Yes, ___No Identified significant positive or negative events which influenced future decades: ___Yes, ___No Identified conflicting differences between decade researched and present: ___Yes, ___No Identified event which will have most lasting influence on society & why: ___Yes, ___No Project was free from spelling/grammatical errors: ___Yes, ___No Project informative, creative, and stimulating: ___Yes, ___No Length of presentation approximately 10 - 15 minutes: ___Yes, ___No Presentation went beyond minimum requirements: ___Yes, ___No
The 1960s The 1960s central themes were of YOUTH and LIBERALISM. 70 million baby boomers were now coming into teenage and adulthood. These youth were running as far away from conservatism as can be imagined, which resulted in a metamorphosis of cultural bearings of the American life. These young Americans obsessed and thrived for change. Revolutionary ways of thinking affected education, values, lifestyles and laws.
The sixties were a scary time to the younger generations. The Beatles’ albums mapped a path for those to follow them. January 20 of 1964 they released their first album “Meet the Beatles”. Februrary 9, 1964, 73 million viewers watched as they were hosted on the Ed Sullivan Show. By March 31 st , they had the top 5 slots on the Billboard Charts! Unfortunately the paths of John Lennon and Paul McCartney were of two different directions, as the years progressed. The Beatles last chart topping, studio album was September 26, 1969, ever so famous, “Abbey Road”.
Martin Luther King, Jr led the greatest civil rights demonstration in American history on August 28, 1963 in Washington, D.C. King fought for the practice of racial unity and equality. Watch a clip from his famous speech, by clicking his picture to the right. Richard Nixon was elected President in 1968. During his presidency he was able to improve relations with USSR, end the war in Vietnam and put a man on the moon, but once again the country reaped tragedy when the Watergate Scandal took place and Nixon had to resign as President. Click Nixon’s picture, to the left, to hear his most successful speech during his presidency. In 1917, John F. Kennedy was born in Massachusettes. After graduating from Harvard, JFK served in the Navy. In 1960, KFK was elected President, after defeating Richard Nixon by a slight margin. President Kennedy youthful image appealed to those of America. Tragically, JFK was assasinated on November 22, 1963, leaving behind a widow and 2 small children. Click on picture of JFK, to the left, to read his famous inaugural speech.
It is beyond doubt, that while researching and developing this decades project, we have come face to face with two significant events which have had a positive and/or negative , lasting influence on our future generations…….
Civil Rights Museum Website On June 6 th , 1963, JFK guaranteed the equal treatment of all Americans, in a televised address to the people of America. On July 2 ,1964, Lyndon B. Johnson followed the wishes of the late, President John F. Kennedy and signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 allowed the government the right to… Prohibit Discrimination in Public Places Provide Integration of Schools and other Public Facilities Make Employment Discrimination Illegal
Fearing a communist takeover of the entire region, the United States grew more and more wary of the progress of Ho Chi Minh and the Vietcong. Communism had become the evil menace in the United States and with expansion of Soviet rule into Eastern Europe, Korea and Cuba, the Americans were bent on stopping communism from spreading any further.
The Vietnam War was brought into each American living room by way of the increasing media. The ever popular youth were angry and wanted to know what it was they were fighting for, anyway. They were the ones dying in the front lines. Reflection of their feelings came by way of speeches, protests, organized concerts and of course the music.
In 1960, John F. Kennedy challenged University students to dedicate themselves to the cause of developing countries and spreading peace. This governmental agency became known as the Peace Corps. After 44 years, the Peace Corps has had over 178,000 volunteers in over 138 countries. President George W. Bush promised to double the funding to the Peace Corps due to the War in Iraq.
“ Many agree that the Anti-war movement had significant impact on the length and perhaps even the outcome of the Vietnam war. Others might disagree saying that the massive protests were part of an eroding and troubled society. One thing is certain however -- the Anti-war movement left an everlasting mark on an entire generation and its country.” Martina Bexte - 2002
Click here to read ALL of the Interview with Philosopher Noam Chomsky
Noam Chomsky interviewed by Ron Chepesiuk
Excerpted from Sixties Radicals, Then and Now , McFarland, 1995, pp. 133-146 [late 1992]
QUESTION: What kept you going and wanting to speak up?
CHOMSKY: It got so horrible over there [in South Vietnam] that I couldn't look at myself in the mirror anymore. I thought there was absolutely no hope of any political opposition to the war developing. What was going on over there was no secret. One could read the front page of the New York Times and find out that the U.S. was bombing South Vietnam. It was a very different culture in those days. If the American people read today about the U.S. bombing a country like it did Vietnam in the sixties, they would get very upset about it. But in those days, people didn't bat an eyelash. You couldn't get two people to sit in a room and talk about Vietnam. There has been a big cultural change since the sixties, and it's a great improvement. By 1965, I was involved with trying to organize tax resistance and had refused to pay taxes. By 1966 and '67, I was involved practically in every kind of activism. There was plenty to do.
Between 1958 and 1966, over 127,000 school age children enrolled in institutions for array of disabilities
Unfiltered Media Coverage of Vietnam
1 st African American President
No Child Left Behind
Filtered Media Coverage of War on Iraq
Sports Heros Wilt Chamberlain tallied 100 points in a single game for the Philadelphia Warriors on March 2, 1962. Joe Namath became the first QB to pass for more than 4,000 yards in one season. Sports in the 1960s did not get to surpass the ever changing ways of the times. Television made a huge change in the lives of competitors and fans. Corruption of college sports was blamed on media. Now that college games were televised, the networks gave money to the winning schools which then allowed recruiters to obtain the best players. Increased media coverage of pro athletes led to increased intimate looks at their personal lives….positive role models? Maybe not so much…. On a positive note, who could condemn the wonderful new SLOW, MOTION REPLAY!!!! (and the crowd goes wild……ahhhhhhh) Muhammed Ali began his World Champion boxing career, winning his first professional fight in 1960. He became a boxing legend and a cultural icon. Joe Paterno, Penn State Assist. Coach 1960
Vice-President of Ford, and only 35 years old, Lee Iococca, was responsible for the development of one of the most revolutionized cars of the century, the 1964 Mustang. He was motivated to produce a car that appealed to, once again, the Youthful generation of the 1960s. Now, the youth would have their own fun, “personal car”, rather than their parents boring sedans. Ford projected sales of about 200,000 Mustangs in 12 months, by 18 months they had built over 2 million.
For the first time ever, the youth were the leaders of fashion , during the 60s fashion era. This picture above was taken on Carnaby Street in London, where most of the independent fashion designers and boutiques were located. Mary Quant came about with the “mini-skirt”, mainly because the daring, London girls were all too willing to give it a try. Inspiration for 1960s fashion came from Vietnam War, Rock and Roll, pop art, musicals, film and of course London, England.
LASER L ight A mplification by S timulated E mission of R adiation Dr. Theodore Maiman perfected the laser on May 16, 1960, which was the beginning of the electro-optics. Electro-optics is what has brought us cd/dvd, computer ROM, laser printers and advanced medical procedures.
Popular Art or Propaganda Art is presented with humor, criticism and irony. It was developed to show the growing materialism and consumerism in the mid 50s to late 60s. Pop art developed in the late1950's as a reaction against abstract expressionism. Pop Art favored figural imagery and the reproduction of everyday objects , such as Campbell Soup cans, comic strips and advertisements. Roy Lichtenstein Andy Warhol Roy Lichtenstein Robert Indiana Robert Rauschenberg
“ THE decade is ending, and there can be little argument that the 1960s was a time of turmoil, of bitter protest and brutal violence, of confusion and finally, of near despair over the American destiny .”