The decade of the ’60s began with optimism when the country elected JFK; it ended with Americans more divided than any time since the Civil War. African-Americans, Hispanics, women and others demanded equal rights and an end to second-class citizenship. The Johnson administration gave us more social legislation since the New Deal but it also Americanized the Vietnam War and divided the country into hawks and doves. We will examine these and other issues that surfaced during this time of social and political upheaval.
Jim Lenburg (firstname.lastname@example.org) survived the 60s to become an historian. He retired from teaching at Mars Hill University in 2006 and has been teaching history courses at College for Seniors since 2009. Jim lives in Weaverville with his wife, Patricia Freeman.