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The 1960s

The 1960s

Discussion & Essay Questions

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Teaching the 1960s Teacher Pass includes:

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Sample of Discussion & Essay Questions

  1. Big Picture
    • Why the 1960s? Why would a particular decade inspire so much idealism and commitment to reform?
      • Does it have something to do with the decade that preceded? 
      • Why might the 1950s leave so many believing that a "new America" should and could be produced?
      • Was it Eisenhower? Elvis? Little Rock? Sputnik? Prosperity?
      • Does it have something to do with the world war that ended fifteen years prior?
      • Or the Cold War waged since?
    • How would you characterize the last decade (2000-2010)? 
    • How about the new decade? (2010-2020)?
      • Do they have a definable spirit?
      • Do they differ from one another?


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