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1960s, The Kennedy Years and The Liberal Consensus

  • John F. Kennedy, first Catholic president, represents a “new politics” that emphasized youthful charisma, style, & personality
  • JFK’s New Frontier program: “get America moving again” via activism at home & abroad
  • He had a hard time mobilizing the public & Congressional support for the New Frontier but was successful in raising the min wage & expanding SS benefits but a conservative coalition in the South stalled most liberal initiatives
  • His presidency was preoccupied with Cold War concerns in Cuba and Vietnam.
  • The Civil Rights movement stirs as groups like SCLS, SNCC, CORE, Black Panthers, and leaders like MLK Jr. and Malcolm X mobilize and speak out against discriminatory laws and practices
  • In addition to African Americans, other groups advocate for their civil rights concerns, such as Chavez and the UFW, MAPA, AIM.
  • The Warren court was significant in that several (liberal) decisions were made that concerned a defendant’s rights and expanded civil liberties.

1960s, The Kennedy Years and The Liberal Consensus

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  1. Intro
    • Overview
      • John F. Kennedy
      • The Bay of Pigs Incident
      • Cold War and Bay of Pigs
        • JFK: Cold Warrior
        • The Civil Rights Movements Stirs
        • Freedom Rides Map
          • Notorious Police Brutality Under “Bull Connors”
            • Civil Rights Movement
              • Kennedy's Response
              • MLK Jr.'s Response
              • Civil Rights in the 1960s
              • Black Nationalism
              • Malcolm X
              • Black Power
              • Cesar Chaves, Farm Workers and Chicanos
              • Chavez, Huerta and UFW
                • MAPA, Chicano Movement, Brown Berets
                • American Indian Movement (AIM)
                • Peace Corps
                • The Liberal Warren Court
                • Beginning of Vietnam War
                • Assassination of John F. Kennedy
                • Example 1
                  • Example 2
                    • Example 3
                      • Intro 0:00
                      • Overview 0:07
                      • John F. Kennedy 1:17
                        • The New Frontier Program
                        • TV Debates
                        • First Catholic President
                        • Liberal Initiatives
                        • Bay of Pigs
                        • Funding for NASA
                        • Alan Shepard
                        • John Glenn
                      • The Bay of Pigs Incident 7:02
                        • U.S.-Cuban Relations
                        • Castro Nationalized U.S. Owned Banks
                        • CIA
                        • Surrendered Within 24 Hours of Fighting
                      • Cold War and Bay of Pigs 9:43
                      • JFK: Cold Warrior 10:06
                        • Turned to the USSR
                        • The Berlin Wall
                        • Cuban Missile Crisis
                        • Nuclear Warfare
                        • Flexible Response
                      • The Civil Rights Movements Stirs 13:58
                        • Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee
                        • CORE
                        • Attorney General Robert Kennedy
                        • Bull Connors
                      • Freedom Rides Map 17:41
                      • Notorious Police Brutality Under “Bull Connors” 18:36
                      • Civil Rights Movement 19:13
                      • Kennedy's Response 20:08
                        • Promise Civil Rights Legislation Banning Discrimination in Public
                        • Second Emancipation Proclamation
                      • MLK Jr.'s Response 21:49
                        • A Massive Civil Rights
                        • I Have a Dream
                      • Civil Rights in the 1960s 22:50
                        • More Radical
                        • Southern Senators
                        • Birmingham
                      • Black Nationalism 23:43
                        • Black Separatism
                        • Uncle Tom
                        • Black Muslims
                      • Malcolm X 27:43
                        • Nation Justice
                        • Hajj
                        • Pan-African Unity
                      • Black Power 30:42
                        • Stokely Carmichael
                        • Honorary Prime Minister
                        • Pan-Africanist
                        • Black Panthers
                      • Cesar Chaves, Farm Workers and Chicanos 34:04
                        • Chavez and Dolores Huerta
                        • United Farm Workers
                        • La Causa
                      • Chavez, Huerta and UFW 36:26
                      • MAPA, Chicano Movement, Brown Berets 37:19
                        • Mexican American Political Association
                        • Brown Berets
                        • Chicano
                        • Bilingual Education
                      • American Indian Movement (AIM) 39:46
                        • Red Power
                        • A Siege at Wounded Knee
                        • We Shall Remain
                      • Peace Corps 41:30
                        • Third World Countries
                        • Agency for International Development and the Alliance of Progress
                      • The Liberal Warren Court 43:14
                        • Mapp v. Ohio
                        • Gideon v. Wainwright
                        • Escobedo v. Illinois
                        • Miranda v. Arizona
                        • Engel v. Vitale
                        • Griswold v. Connecticut
                        • Baker v. Carr
                        • One Man, One Vote
                      • Beginning of Vietnam War 46:22
                        • Green Berets
                        • A Military Coup
                      • Assassination of John F. Kennedy 48:07
                        • Lee Harvey Oswald
                        • Lyndon B. Johnson
                      • Example 1 49:54
                      • Example 2 51:47
                      • Example 3 53:37