English 9/ Honors
7, November, 2012
Report on 1930s & 1960s
1930s- In the 1930s money was scarce because of the depression. People tried what they could too to keep themselves happy. They would watch movies, play games, and such. In the great depression the American dream had become a nightmare. The great place that was once called the land of opportunity was now known as the land of desperation. The best place for a better life was California.
Also in the 1930s economics dominated politics. The Social Security Act of 1935 set up a program to ensure an income for the elderly. The Wagner Act of 1935 gave workers the legal right to unionize. John L. Lewis founded the Congress of Industrial Organizations and conditions for blue-collar workers improved. Joseph Kennedy, who was a Wall street insider, was appointed Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commissions.The decade also saw a great increase in production of new technologies, including intercontinental aviation, radio, and film. 1960s- The 1960s were the age of youth.70 million children from the post-war baby boom became teenagers and young adults. The movement away from the conservative fifties continued. The changes affected education, values, lifestyles, laws, and entertainment. Many of the revolutionary ideas coming from the 1960s are still evolving as we live today.The 1960s have become synonymous, which continued to develop in the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and beyond. In Africa the 1960s was a period of radical political change as 32 countries gained independence from their European colonial rulers.
Several governments turned to the left in the early 1960s. In the United States, John F. Kennedy, a Keynesian and staunch anti-communist, pushed for social reforms such as civil rights for African Americans and healthcare for the elderly and the poor. He was elected President ,also pledging to land a man on the Moon by the end of the decade, a feat that was accomplished in 1969....
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