1968 and 2008
As Bob Marley once said, “We have to conquer the devils with a little thing called love!” He meant that if people could all learn to love and be compassionate that things would be a lot better off for everyone. That was the problem in 1968, there was not enough love and acceptance. That changed in the time between then and 2008 America has become a lot more open-minded of things that they normally would have not been tolerant of. There are still issues with that today not all Americans understand that hate will get them nowhere. People just have to remember that love is the key to a happy peaceful coexistence between us all. It is not always easy but if America can try to love one another life will be so much better for us. The chaotic year of 1968 and hectic year of 2008 are both significant to the civil rights movement because of the economy, race relations, and the election.
In 1968 the economy was as good as ever. Federal spending was about 178.13 billion, and the federal debt was only 368.7 billion. Between then and 2008 the economy plummeted the federal debt rose to about 10 trillion dollars, and the federal spending was about 2,082.7 billion dollars. Price inflation was only 4.2% in 1968 while in 2008 it jumped to 5.6%. In 1968 the unemployment percentage was 3.8% and in 2008 it skyrocketed up to 7.3%. In 1968 a gallon of gas was only $0.34 cents, a dozen eggs were $0.53 cents, and a gallon of milk was only $1.07. In 2008 gas averaged about $1.60 a gallon, a dozen eggs average $2.20, and milk is up to $3.81 a gallon. In 1968 the average household income was $7,743.00 today it is about $50,300. The economy was and is significant because it controls the way things are in a nation.
Race relations were pretty tense in 1968. During this time two major civil rights activists were assassinated. On April 4th, 1968 in Memphis Tennessee Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. Just seven days later on April 11th, 1968 Robert F. Kennedy was...
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