America in the Sixties Research Essay

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American History

GUIDELINES
1. CHOOSE a Research Essay prompts from the list of ten (10) provided.
2. WRITE and submit a coherent, well-reasoned, analytical essay of 13 pages, including footnotes. A full bibliography is required. Incomplete or inaccurate citations can be considered academic misconduct.
3. Your essay should be 13 PAGES, double-spaced, using 12 point font and 1� margins.
4. Your essay should use FOOTNOTES, not endnotes or in-text citations.

RESEARCH ESSAY PROMPTS
Note: these are prompts, NOT essay questions. It is up to you to formulate a specific research question and thesis from this list of topics.
1. To what extent did Cold War pressures shape the cultures (popular, political, or otherwise) of the 1960s? Discuss at least three examples in your response.
2. Did Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcom X have converging perspectives during their later years as Civil Rights activists? If so, what factors influenced their changing viewpoints?
3. Did the sixties radical tradition emerge from the sixties liberal tradition? If so, how, why, and when? Discuss at least three examples in your response.
4. Historians are fond of designating �pivotal years�, years which, in retrospect, seem to have significantly altered the course of events. Make an argument for either 1963, 1965, or 1968 (choose one) as a pivotal year in American history. Discuss at least three examples in your response.
5. How was higher education influenced by the political and social currents of the sixties?
6. Why was sexuality such a political battlefield in the sixties (and seventies)? Discuss at least three examples in your response.
7. To what extent did the New Left create the New Right?
8. �CRISIS. I have considered myself a radical since last winter, and a revolutionary since last April: a cultural revolutionary, as opposed to a social revolutionary. I became convinced that necessary change in our society requires more change in the nature of people than a social revolution can generate. It seemed most imperative that we directly change ourselves and our way of living; that we create the new life, rather than try to attain it. (Sally Bonder, Harvard Crimson, October 30, 1969)
How did the counterculture(s) attempt to challenge American society? Were they successful? Discuss at least three examples in your response.
9. Until the 2000s, the Vietnam conflict was Americas longest war.� How and why did popular support for the conflict wane, and what were the consequences of this shift?
10. The 1960s were a decade shaped by technology, scientism, and faith in progress. Yet this technocratic approach could blind authority figures to some of the strains in American society. Discuss this tension, using at least three examples in your response.

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