24 April 2013
Cold War and the Liberal Consensus
Cold War America during the 1960’s was a year of turmoil for the American government and for the American people. College campuses nationwide were plagued with anti-war protestors that began to spread to the nation’s capital. It was a turning point for society and for foreign and domestic policies. The liberal consensus began falling apart and Americans questioned whether the United States actually represented the values for which they stood for. Society questioned the government’s motives and human rights really became a hot topic, especially during the Civil Rights Movement. In the 1960s, though there was a rise in dissent, Americans didn’t speak out against the government due to fear of being labeled a communist. Though the government said they didn’t want a large, overbearing government and military, the government’s actions proved otherwise. There were many contradictions in the liberal consensus and how the government went about their business, which is why people began seeing through the “hero” façade created, by the military and the government. The transparency of the liberal consensus resulted in a decline for support for the war. The growing opposition and rise in protests were a huge factor in the collapse of the liberal consensus. There are numerous key events during the Cold War, but 1968 is said to be one of the main turning points for Cold War America in domestic and foreign policies, growing protests, and the collapse of the liberal consensus.
The rise of protests in the early 1960s became more radical in the middle of the decade. Colleges nationwide saw a growing number of anti-war protests, some of which became violent and more radical in the late 1960s. These protests sparked a chain of events for domestic and foreign policies of the United States. “Berkeley equals Mississippi equals Vietnam” was an equation that really led to many doubts...
Cited: Hodgson, Godfrey. America In Our Time. First Edition. Garden City: Doubleday and Company, Inc., 1976. 1-301. Print.
Lewis, Chris. Cold War Liberalism and the Rise of the Liberal Consensus. (2002): n. page. Print. <http://www.colorado.edu/AmStudies/lewis/2010/liberal.htm
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