Vietnam war and domestic conflict, 1964 1975

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Vietnam war and domestic conflict, 1964 1975

  1. 1. SOCIAL CHANGE IN AMERICACivil Rights Movement and DesegregationPower MovementsAssassination of JFK 1963; Malcolm X 1965; MLK 1968Cold War and Anti-CommunismEconomic growth and consumerismGreat Society and War on Poverty
  2. 2. GREAT SOCIETY AND WAR ON POVERTYJFK and Lyndon JohnsonPrograms to help the poorAccess to education and employmentPoverty is a personal failureNo discussion of institutional problemsLiberal and superficialCold War political environment
  3. 3. CONTINUEDHead Start PreschoolUpward Bound Disadvantaged and “troubled” youthJob Corps High school retentionVISTA “Domestic Peace Corps”
  4. 4. MORE PROGRAMSAid to Families with Dependent ChildrenPublic Broadcasting Service (PBS)Clean Air Act (1963)Wilderness Act (1964)Clean Waters Act (1966)
  5. 5. JOHNSON’S GREAT SOCIETYMedicare: 1965 step towards national health care systemMedicaid: 1966 step to help the poor with welfare assistance, employment accessElementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965Housing and Urban DevelopmentDepartment of Transportation
  6. 6. THE VIETNAM WAR1950-1975The Cold WarContainmentTruman DoctrineEisenhower’s “Domino Theory”Vietnam was the first dominoStop communism in S.E. Asia
  7. 7. SIGNIFICANCE OF THE WAROver $200 billion spent60,000 U.S. dead3 million dead in Indo-ChinaDestroyed presidency of LBJDestroyed Vietnam, Laos, CambodiaRuined U.S. credibilityRuined trust of U.S. public

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