The Turbulent Sixties
I. You should be able to identify and state the historical significance of the following:
∑John F. Kennedy
∑Robert F. Kennedy
∑Robert S. McNamara
∑Martin Luther King, Jr.
∑Lee Harvey Oswald
∑Lyndon B. Johnson
∑J. William Fulbright
∑Hubert H. Humphrey
∑Richard M. Nixon
∑Ngo Dinh Diem
II. You should be able to define and state the historical significance of the following:
III. You should be able to describe and state the historical significance of the following:
∑ Peace Corps
∑Trade Expansion Act
∑Alliance for Progress
∑Bay of Pigs
∑War on Poverty
∑Tonkin Gulf Resolution
∑Civil Rights Act of 1964
∑Cuban Missile Crisis
∑Nuclear Test Ban Treaty
∑March on Washington
∑Voting Rights Act
∑Operation Rolling Thunder
∑Medicare and Medicaid
IV. Discussion Questions:
Compare the personalities and backgrounds of John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson
Assess President Kennedyís successes and failures in foreign policy.
Was Lyndon Johnson more effective in foreign or domestic policy? Why?
Trace U.S. involvement in Viet Nam from 1961 to 1986.
Trace the changes in the Civil Rights Movement from 1960 to 1968.
Account for the election of Richard Nixon in 1968.
Did John F. Kennedy promise more as a candidate than he delivered as President? Explain.
Explain the public fascination with John F. Kennedy while he was president and since his assassination. Has the Kennedy Presidency become more myth than reality in the collective memory of Americans?
"Americaís involvement in Vietnam presented a grisly demonstration of how the doctrine of flexible response contained lethal logic. AVOTS.
Why did the civil rights movement become more radical and violent as the 1960ís progressed? What changes occurred in the motives, assumptions, and leadership of the movement?
Assess Americaís role in Vietnam in the 1960ís. Consider:
∑The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution
∑The Policy of gradual escalation
∑The bombing campaign.
Evaluate Kennedyís handling of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Was it worth the risk of nuclear war?
Evaluate Lyndon Johnsonís Great Society program. Were his goals realistic? Were they admirable? Why did it receive such heavy support in Congress?
Compare and contrast the presidential leadership of Lyndon Johnson and John F. Kennedy. In what ways were they similar, and in what ways were they different? Should either be ranked among Americaís "ten best" Presidents?
"John F. Kennedy was acclaimed more for the ideals he had enunciated and the spirit he had kindled than for the concrete goals he had achieved. AVOTS.
Why was President Johnson more successful than President Kennedy in getting domestic reform legislation through Congress?
Even with his image as a loser, Richard M. Nixon was able to win the Presidential election of 1968. How was he able to do so? What issues and events worked to his advantage?
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