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Part 2. The Classics (roughly 1966-69)
The Late 1960s: The Democratization of Politics
The various pacifist strains of the late 1950s and early 1960s
the hippie movement of San Francisco. The hippies celebrated their
"Summer of Love" in 1966 while Huey Newton, Bobby Seale, Angela Davis
and other black activists founded the "Black Panther Party" in nearby
Oakland, one of
the most visible groups creating a season of urban violence.
There were racial and political riots for the rest of the decade,
in the assassination of Martin Luther King (1968). Meanwhile the
become more and more unpopular, especially after it was learned that
had massacred more than 500 civilians at My Lai.
Public opinion was feeling disenfranchised from the political system.
The dissatisfaction was best represented by the demonstrations at the
Democratic Convention of 1968 in Chicago: that turned out to be a key
in the evolution of the USA democracy. After 1968 the parties became
democratic (primaries became the standard method of picking candidates,
replacing the party machines that had previously dominated politics)
referendums became more commonplace.
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