The 1960s in America: Crash Course US History #40

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In which John Green teaches you about a time of relative tumult in the United States, the 1960s. America was changing rapidly in the 1960s, and rights movements were at the forefront of those changes. Civil Rights were dominant, but the 60s also saw growth in the Women's Movement, the LGBT Rights Movement, the Latino Rights Movement, and the American Indian Movement. Also, Americans began to pay a bit more attention to the environment. All this change happened against the backdrop of the Cold War and the Rise of Conservatism. It was just wild. John will teach you about sit-ins, Freedom Rides, The March on Washington, MLK, JFK, LBJ, and NOW. Man, that is a lot of initialisms. And one acronym.

Hey teachers and students - Check out CommonLit's free collection of reading passages and curriculum resources to learn more about the events of this episode. Civil Rights stayed strong throughout the 1960s, beginning with the peaceful sit-in movement in 1960 in the South:
The Civil Rights Movement reached a high point when Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his 1963 “I Have a Dream” Speech at the March on Washington:
After President Kennedy's assassination, President Johnson decided to promote Civil Rights as part of his Great Society program:
After Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in 1968, the growing black power movement gained even more popularity:

Learn more about the Civil Rights Movement in these episodes of Crash Course Black American History:
The Montgomery Bus Boycott (35):
Martin Luther King, Jr. (36):
Student Civil Rights Activism (37):
Malcolm X and the Rise of Black Power (38):
The Black Panther Party (39):

Introduction: The 1960s 00:00
The Civil Rights Movement 0:44
Martin Luther King, Jr. 2:07
JFK and the Civil Rights Movement 3:17
LBJ, the Civil Rights Act, and the Great Society 4:05
Inequality in Urban America 6:26
Malcolm X, Black Power, and the Black Panther Party 7:13
Student Activism and Other Civil Rights Movements of the 1960s 8:05
Mystery Document 8:59
The Environmental Movement 9:48
The American Feminist Movement 10:03
The Supreme Court During the Warren Era 11:11
1968 was kind of a big year 12:28
Credits 14:26
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