I was born in Sydney, Australia. My parents moved around. I spent about a year each in Boston and London as a preschooler, and I lived in a few different places in Sydney.
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American Politics and Society, And the crooked places made straight: Johns Hopkins University Press, What was going on in the country during the Great Society? How did it fit into the Civil Rights movement and counter-culture? What problems was it meant to address? The Civil War of the sMaurice Isserman and Michael Kazin discuss what was going on in the country during the s.
Many Americans saw the election of John F.
Kennedy as the beginning of a new era of prosperity. There was a general sense of hope. We appeared to be winning the Cold War. Even the assassination of Kennedy did not keep the country down for long. Lyndon Johnson entered the White House with a promise to continue the legacy of Kennedy.
In reality, Kennedy had never really cared about domestic policy until the last year of his life when violence in Birmingham convinced him to come out for civil rights legislation. Johnson was in many ways more liberal than Kennedy although Johnson had a tendency to support whatever was popular.
In the election, Johnson won by a landslide and the most liberal Congress in history was chosen. The Great Society goal of eliminating poverty seemed possible.
But the optimism masked deep conflicts within the country. A new generation of African Americans was coming to power. Sick of small gains, the younger blacks demanded radical reforms.
Black power replaced nonviolence. Riots broke out across the country as blacks reacted to racial injustice. White America responded by refusing to support any more legislation designed to help the urban poor. At the same time, a conservative revival was sweeping across the country.
The huge Democratic victories in were washed away in Liberal Democrats turned on Johnson because of Vietnam.
Conservative Democrats turned on Johnson because he was spending so much money on his Great Society and in Vietnam.
While all this was going on, there was also a culture war being waged between young Americans and their parents. The 60s will forever be remembered for its counter-culture. Not all American will remember it fondly however.
While some saw it as a flowering of creativity and love, others saw it as a period of corruption and recklessness. With all this going on, the changes proposed in the Great Society were doomed to either failure or, if Johnson was lucky, partial realization.
The Economy of the s Cortada, James W. Oxford University Press, University Press of Kansas, As the Vietnam War continued to take its toll on the nation, many in the Democratic party began to question the traditional view of welfare and assistance.By David Chalmers.
Reviewed by Gaile McGregor Sights on the Sixties. Edited by Barbara L. Tischler. Reviewed by The Struggle to Define America. By James Davison Hunter. New York: Basic Books. Hunter's excellent book sets the standard for balanced, thoughtful analysis of the AND THE CROOKED PLACES MADE STRAIGHT: The Struggle.
Chalmers, And the Crooked Places Made Straight: The Struggle for Social Change in the s (Baltimore, ); David Farber, The Age of Great Dreams: America in the s (New York, ); Todd Gitlin, The Sixties: Years of. "With its hint of passion and irony, the title of David Chalmers' book aptly captures the complexities of his study.
Beautifully written, it is more than a recitation of the actors and events of the s. Feb 08, · And the Crooked Places Made Straight David Chalmers was born in New York. He received his Ph.D.
in History at Columbia History. His specialty is contemporary American history with an emphasis on urban and social problems. He has lectured in Vietnam, Korea, Tokyo, and the Philippines.
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In this interview, David Chalmers, Professor of Philosophy and co-director of the center for Mind, Brain, and Consciousness at New York University, and Professor of Philosophy at Australian National University, discusses his criminal ancestry, growing up in Australia, what music looked like when he was a kid (he used to be a music-color.