chapter  2
14 Pages

To Serve and Protect

During the 1960s and early 1970s, the United States witnessed massive social unrest throughout the nation. As a result of America’s involvement in Vietnam, a strong Anti-War Movement emerged throughout the nation, primarily on college campuses. The Counterculture Movement also blossomed during this time, as throngs of Americans rejected what they perceived to be the failings of American society, evidenced by the war in Vietnam, and rampant racism and poverty in the United States. In addition, the Women’s Movement, Gay Liberation Movement, as well as Chicano, Asian American and Native American Movements all came of age during this time, as numerous oppressed groups stood up for their rights. The brunt of the dissension, however, largely stemmed from the centuries of oppression that African Americans were forced to endure.