The Liberal Era

By btvonk
  • Birth Control pill is approved

    Allowed for greater control for women over their home lives.
  • Peace Corps is created

    The Peace Corps sent over young Americans to other countries to help establish democratic principles
  • John F. Kennedy Begins Presidency

    JFK begins his short, but influential presidency.
  • Bay of Pigs invasion

    Kennedy sent marines to Cuba to help overthrow Fidel Castro, failed and was a disaster.
  • James Meredith University of Mississippi

    Angry mobs tried to prevent James Meredith, a black air force veteran from enrolling in th University of Mississippi.
  • Silent Spring is published

    Silent Spring, an environmentalist book, was published in aan attempt to curb DDT use.
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    Cuban Missile Crisis

    The Cuban Missile Crisis, a tense period between Kruschev of Russia and Kennedy of America, ended without nuclear war.
  • Letters from a Birmingham Jail is published.

    Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Letters from the Birmingham Jail, that depicted the humiliations of racial discrimination and segregation and defending civil disobedience, is published.
  • March on Washington

    I have a dream speech
  • Overthrow of Diem

    Military Coup overthrew the leader of the Vietnamese democracy.
  • Assassination of JFK

    JFK was assassinated, ending his promising presidency quickly.
  • Lyndon B. Johnson takes over presidency

    Lyndon B. Johnson took over the presidency from the deceased Kennedy.
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    Mississippi Freedom Summer Project of 1964

    Set a focus on the most racially divided state in the Union, and white students helped register black voters and teach the practices of democracy and black history in "Freedom Schools."
  • Civil Rights Act of 1964

    It was published in 1964, the most significant civil-rights law in U.S. history, and it banned racial discrimination and segregation in public accomodations, banned bias in federally funded programs, and gave the federal government new powers to fight school segregation
  • Gulf of Tonkin

    North Vietnamese attacked two American Destroyers and US orderd air strikes on North Vietnaemese naval bases.
  • Medicare/Medicaid enacted

    Set up medical funds to help needy Americans that is still in use today.
  • Immigration of 1965

    Abolished the National Origins Act of 1921
  • Malcolm X is assassinated

    His autobiography became the main text of the rising Black Power movement.
  • Voting Rights Act is enacted

    Invalidated the use of any test or device to deny the vote and authorized federal examiners to register voters in states that had disfranchised blacks.
  • Miranda vs. Arizona

    "You have the right to remain silent."
  • National Organization for Women (NOW)

    Civil rights group for women that sought liberal change through the political system
    Owed it's prominiince to Betty Friedan's The Feminine mystique (1963)
  • El Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan (MEChA)

    Goal was to demand bilingual education and more Latino teachers.
  • The American Indian Movement is founded

    Goal was to protect the traditional ways of Native Americans.
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. is assassinated

    His death reflected the many uprisings and riots due to the equal rights of African Americans.
  • Moon Landing

    The project that began with funding by JFK culminated this year.