chapter  4
Black Power, 1965–76
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In the late 1960s America was a country at unease with itself. In 1965 peace protesters organized the first concerted demonstrations against the Vietnam War. By 1968 opinion polls showed that the majority of Americans were against the conflict. Racial confrontations spread outside the South. In the ‘five long hot summers’ of 1964-8 there were serious urban disorders in some 200 American cities, most of which were in the North or on the West Coast.