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Ch 10: Protests, Activism and Civil Disobedience (1954-1973)

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Watch video lessons, and learn about civil unrest and how it affected mid-20th century American society and politics. These video lessons are short and engaging and make learning easy!

Protests, Activism and Civil Disobedience 1954-1973 - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

The middle years of the 20th century were a time of great social and political upheaval in America, much of it brought about by the work of activists and protestors. In this chapter, instructor Adam Richards guides you to an understanding of the various forces that brought about these changes as well as the types of reforms that were implemented. This chapter can help you understand the following:

  • President Lyndon Johnson's Great Society program and its impact
  • The early years of the Civil Rights movement
  • Important events of the Civil Rights movement
  • The counter-culture in America
  • The rise of student activism
  • Various activist campaigns, such as the women's movement and the anti-war movement

Video Objective
President Lyndon B. Johnson and the Great Society Program Examining the components and the impact of Johnson's Great Society program.
The Civil Rights Movement during the 1950s Analyzing the civil rights movement's post-World War II rejuvenation, landmark Supreme Court decisions and the groundwork laid for future events.
The Civil Rights Movement During the 1960s Exploring the important events of the decade, including the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965; also looking at the leaders of the movement.
Hippies and the Counterculture: Origins, Beliefs and Legacy Defining the counterculture and its impact on the country.
The Student Movement of the 1960s Analyzing the era's student activism and its involvement in causes including the Vietnam War protests, civil rights and free speech movements.
1968: The Year That Changed the Nation Examining the impact of developments in the Vietnam War, assassinations of American leaders, a presidential election and American violence.
The Women's Movement: Causes, Campaigns & Impacts on the U.S. Looking at the feminist campaigns of the era.
Other Important Activist Movements of the Late '60s and Early '70s Examining other movements that gained traction during this era including the American Indian Movement, the Brown Power Movement and the environmental movement.

8 Lessons in Chapter 10: Protests, Activism and Civil Disobedience (1954-1973)
President Lyndon B. Johnson and the Great Society Program

1. President Lyndon B. Johnson and the Great Society Program

The Great Society was an ambitious legislative program which attempted to eliminate poverty and racial inequity within the United States. Learn about the creation of the program, its endeavors and its ultimate legacy.

The Civil Rights Movement During the 1950s

2. The Civil Rights Movement During the 1950s

The 1950s witnessed a rejuvenation of the civil rights movement. Learn about the transformation of the movement, its important events and the impact it had on the 1960s.

The Civil Rights Movement During the 1960s

3. The Civil Rights Movement During the 1960s

The Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s was an extension of the progress made during the 1950s. Learn about the movement's landmark achievements, its fracturing and its legacies.

Hippies and the Counterculture: Origins, Beliefs and Legacy

4. Hippies and the Counterculture: Origins, Beliefs and Legacy

The 1960s were a period of tension and turbulence for much of the U.S. The counterculture attempted to promote an alternative lifestyle that encouraged peace, love and freedom. Learn more about its origins, beliefs and legacy.

The Student Movement of the 1960s

5. The Student Movement of the 1960s

The societal disillusion felt by the younger generation of the 1950s was translated into a massive student movement during the 1960s. Learn about the formation of the movement, its campaigns and its inevitable end.

1968: The Year that Changed the Nation

6. 1968: The Year that Changed the Nation

The year of 1968 was a year of war in Southeast Asia, domestic clashes over racial equality and war and fallen leaders, including Dr. King and Robert Kennedy. Learn more about the year that changed the nation in this video lesson.

The Women's Movement: Causes, Campaigns & Impacts on the US

7. The Women's Movement: Causes, Campaigns & Impacts on the US

The women's movement of the 1960s ushered in a new wave of feminism that sought to address the national issues of gender. Learn about the movement, its leaders and the ultimate outcome for women in the United States.

Other Important Activist Movements of the Late 60s and Early 70s

8. Other Important Activist Movements of the Late 60s and Early 70s

The 1960s represented a decade of dissent in America. While there were large social campaigns throughout the nation, the goal of this lesson is to recognize smaller activist movements involving Native Americans, Mexican Americans, and the environment.

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