The 1960's

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                                                              Decades: the 1960’s             The popular trends in the 1960 have changed the decade to make it in style. Trends are things such as fashion, foods, shoes, and hair. Famous fashion in the 60’s was cashmere turtle necks, colorful wide ties, Ralph Polo brands, and miniskirts (“Writers dream tools decades 60’s “ ).  Amongst those people were sporting pant suits, fun furs, wet looking raincoats, pierced ears, Coco Chanel’s brand, tailored two-piece suits, and stretch pants (“ Writers dream tools decades 60’s “). Many women of the sixties wore heavy eye makeup in bright colors and had voluptuous straight or tightly curled hair to top of their outfits. While the women chose volume for their hair the men wore afro hair styles, Beatles cuts, Presley side burns, felt pseudo – Tyrolean hats, and they even wore wigs, Oleg Cassini’s pillbox hat was also popular (“Writers dream tools decades 60’s “).  Many popular shoes in the sixties were suede shoes (especially moccasins, which were also popular in leather), tall plastic or leather go-go boots, thigh high boots, chunky heels, and a variety of sandals (“Writers dream tools decades 60’s”).  Popular and well known foods in the 60’s consisted of Chex mix, stuffed mushrooms, cream cheese slathered slices of salami held together with a tooth pick (“Kidzworld.com 60’s”), cherry tomatoes stuffed with tuna salad, and spinach dip (“Kidsworld.com 60’s”).  Appetizers that were popularized in the 1960’s were ones such as Devils on horseback (prunes wrapped in bacon and then broiled until crisp), Rumaki (water chestnut and chicken liver wrapped in bacon, marinated in soy and then broiled until crisp) (“Chowhound.com from the sixties”), cocktail hotdogs wrapped in puff pastry (Pigs in a blanket),  and the ever popular Pimento cheese spread with Ritz crackers (“Chowhound.com from the sixties”). Trends of the sixties were funky, fun, and something to remember.             The Politics of the 1960’s were lacking organization, basically just a mess. There was too much going on, so unfortunately things started to get jumbled up. One controversy in this decade was Interracial Marriage Laws. By the early 1960’s at least forty-one states enforced laws to keep couples of different race from marrying, these laws started in Maryland. (Giovanni 381) By 1967, sixteen states still had the laws. In 1959 a couple from Virginia that was interracially married was arrested.  They plead guilty to a felony and were prohibited from being together in the state for 25 years. They appealed their case to the U.S. supreme court; they won and overturned VA law and similar ones in fifteen other states. This was the beginning to interracial marriage laws disappearing. In the 60’s these laws challenged increasing opposition, by 1968 20% of Americans approved of the laws and 72% disapproved. (“Couples Who Were Not Allowed To Marry”) There were also many problems with the people overseeing the laws, specifically the President. On November 22, 1963 the youngest elected President, John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas, also making him the youngest to die. (“John F. Kennedy”) Kennedy was elected in 1960 and was assassinated not long after his first thousand days in office. His inaugural address said the famous words “Ask not what your country can do for you- ask what you can do for your country.” Hours after the country’s loss of their President, Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn into office. Before long Johnson was struggling with collective security and to restrain Communist Encroachment in Vietnam. Johnson obtained enactment of the measures Kennedy was working on at the time of his death—a new civil rights bill and a tax cut. (“Lyndon B. Johnson”) In 1965 The Great Society program became part his agenda for Congress. The Great Society program was an aid to education, urban renewal, and beautification, development of depressed regions, control and...
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