During the late 1960 to early 1970, New York city struggling with the Drug laws, and so many pressures and negative affect around the whole city. The country filled with gloomy air and everyone looks depressed, it is a really tough time. In the 1971s, American president Richard Nixon announced that drug abuse as the number one enemy in the United states, he started a war on drugs, there was unprecedented in history and this policy still continues today. The drug war was a huge failure, bringing an unexpected and devastating effect. In the United States, nearly 90 percent of treatment-seeking patients who began using heroin in the previous decade were white, this is a big change from racial representation prior to the 1980s.
Roaring Twenties In America, the 1920’s was remembered as a decade of great social and political change. The prosperity of the twenties seemed to temporarily fix the nation’s problems, but by the end of this flourishing time period the nation hit an emotion of pessimism as a crash of the economy took place. The “Roaring Twenties” consisted of a change fashion, social and political life, the fight for and against prohibition, and the rise and collapse of the economy. There were also many influential people who helped shape the everyday lives of those now in urban areas.
Pop Culture during the 1960s A new social and political wave came over the United States in the early 1960s. There had been many changes since World War II in domestic life, economic standing, and politics. 1960s America was much more economically stable and felt responsibility for global affairs.
The American Civil Liberty Union was formed during WW1, because the Federal Government was constraining people’s freedom of speech and throwing people into jail because they went against the government. So during the 20’s people started to have more and more freedoms and many of the laws the Government had in place to suppress the people were starting to be repealed. People were starting to be subject to advertisements from coca cola to phonographs. The people in the 20s people were living free they were drinking and expressing themselves more than they ever had and that had some groups upset. I don’t believe the 20’s were decadence they were the building blocks of a country that is open to all persons and cultures.
There are similarities and differences between the 50s and today’s society the 50s were a bad time to be in for all people. People were discriminated by other people. Whites discriminated the blacks because of their color, blacks didn’t have the same rights as the whites and that isn’t fair. They couldn’t even drink from the same water fountain or even use the same bathroom because of the color. This also includes having problems with war but dodge it because in the article called “The Fifties”:
The 34th, operating as a unit of the 24th Infantry Division along with many others endured some of the most horrific combat, under awful weather and terrain conditions during the War in the Pacific. The 34th Infantry Regiment securing the island of Mindanao lasted until late September of 1945. Their efforts resulted in upward of 22,000 Japanese soldiers surrendering. More than 10,000 Japanese Soldiers died in combat on Mindanao. From April to August of 1945 approximately 820 U.S. soldiers were killed in eastern Mindanao and 2,880 were wounded.
1920’s Slang Language is important in everyone’s lives: from small talk, to speeches, to ordering food, to teaching, and everything in between. Language never stays the same, though, as it is constantly changing with every day that passes. The changes on language from the past have big effects on the language of the present. Slang from the 1920s has impacted language used in the current era.
When I think about the 1960’s and the counterculture’s critique of American society and culture I think of how desperately wanted a change in the society and culture. The culture brought a plethora of alternatives such as feminism, anti – war, new left, anti – nuclear, civil rights, free speech, music, film, drugs, and the list goes on and on. Furthermore with these changes they were radical and revolutionary because it seemed like they wanted the ideas to happen immediately. The counterculture wanted new life and they were determined to bring these new ideas to life and with doing so it define them and the 1960’s simultaneously. If I were to boil down these many ideas into three categories it would be the hippies, the music, and the drugs – the fun stuff.
During the 20th century, American break with its traditions. Drinking was prohibited but people was not obeying laws as the drunker knew from where they can get their drinks. The cities were governed by the criminal parties and police force was helpless. Jazz took the place of the classical music, Count Basie and Louis Armstrong were the idols of the youngsters. The young women shorten their hair and skirts against the conventional standards.
Past Versus the Present People say that the past is nothing like the present, but is that entirely true? The 1960s were very eventful, composing of many different aspects. Some of these aspects include the way the government was run, the way the music sounded, and the cultural attitude of that time period. Relatively speaking, the 1960’s time period was very different than our time period. However, there are some similarities between our time period, and the 1960s.