America in White, Black, and Gray: A History of the Stormy by Klaus P. Fischer

By Klaus P. Fischer

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No decade because the finish of worldwide struggle II has been as seminal in its old importance because the Sixties. That stormy interval unleashed a bunch of pent-up social and generational conflicts that had now not been skilled because the Civil struggle: severe racial and ethnic strife, chilly battle terror, the Vietnam warfare, counter-cultural protests, debatable social engineering, and political rancor.

Numerous stories on quite a few points of those concerns were written during the last 35 years, yet few have so effectively built-in the many-sided parts right into a coherent, man made, and trustworthy ebook that mixes stable storytelling with sound scholarly research. the most fabrics coated may be the Kennedy and Johnson presidencies; the Civil Rights move; the Vietnam struggle and the protest it generated; the hot Left, scholar radicals, and Black pupil militancy; and, eventually, the counter-cultural part of the 60s: hippies, intercourse and Rock ‘n' Roll.

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The two parties focused heavily on pursuing the politics of affluence, which consisted in promising their constituencies that they could bestow the greatest economic happiness on the greatest number of people. The two major parties also harbored the three acceptable forms of liberalism in America: left-wing liberals, pragmatic liberals, and right-wing liberals. Left-wing liberals, sometimes also called left-wing "progressives" were sentimental and optimistic reformers who believed in the goodness of human nature and the perfectibility of the social order through government-sponsored welfare programs and income redistributions.

Yet assimilation to an emerging American way of life was generally accomplished within a few generations. Every major group of immigrants—Germans, Scandinavians, Italians, Irish, East European—at first encountered considerable hostility and discrimination by already established groups, especially by the original settlers, who saw themselves as the country's reigning political and cultural elite. Stratification by ethnic affiliation was a fact of American life, and the social slights and humiliations experienced by recent immigrants and their children has filled accounts that occupy many library shelves all over the United States.

The goal is to provoke the established powers, to repudiate all the values they cherish. If antinomian groups have a political style, it is anarchistic in the sense that it involves a total rejection of the values of contemporary society, a hatred of authority, and a belief in revolutionary change. Without overextending historical analogies, there is no doubt that the young protesters of the 1960s exhibited many traits associated with previous antinomian groups in history. Feeling betrayed by the established culture, the young turned to protest and alternative values.

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