U.S. History Since 1865: Anti Democratic Forces Pitted Against Progressive Reform 1960-1990

U.S. History Since 1865: Anti Democratic Forces Pitted Against Progressive Reform 1960-1990


you are watching DHTV from California
State University Dominguez Hills okay now we have covered the period 1960 to
1990 and we’re going to see again a cycle of change as I’ve shared with you
of anti-democratic forces that are always pitted against progressive reform
and so let’s take a look at the anti-democratic forces at the bottom
thirds needs to change to take a look at again socialist influence with socialist
organizing influencing progressive reform let’s start again start again start again starting what okay now we’ve
finished another cycle 1960 to 1990 whoops you’re doing again oops no no
that uh we need to change it you see we’re gonna come back yeah okay all right ready no I just finished the
1930 to 1960 now we’re gonna do a 1960 this one 1960 1990 okay okay now we’ve
finished this period 1960 to 1990 so we’re gonna take a look at another cycle
of change again of anti-democratic forces pitted against progressive reform
in this crucial 30 year period is important for us to understand simply
because of the reaction that’s going to occur to one of the most significant
reform movements ever which is the 1960s so let’s take a look at socialist
organizing influence and reform again with regards to this cycle and in this
particular case what we’ve got we’ve got the wrong background there we go that’s
the right background we’ve got a civil rights movements the civil rights
movements for change we’ve covered the black civil rights movements of the
Chicano Movement the Native American movement women and gay liberation
movements and then most importantly throughout the third world throughout
the world there are there are massive revolutionary movements to oust
imperialist countries especially Europe in the United States and so we get would
have known as the rise of third world liberation movements and most
importantly this time the significance of the 1960’s was students students were
involved in influencing change students for a Democratic Society that started up
in Michigan and went through our campuses throughout the north and then
over here in California starting at Berkeley with the Free Speech Movement
and then what’s going to bring all of these movements together for change is
going to be Vietnam the flames of protests are going to occur throughout
in the 1960s there was the peace movement there was a countercultural
movement there was the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy
there were the killings of students at Kent State and Jackson State and then
this influenced one of the most important progressive reform movements
possible which was Lynn Johnson’s Great Society and Lyndon
Johnson’s Great Society as you saw in the presentation brought us what we know
today is Medicare and Medicaid and all of the different kinds of programs that
are available for stopping discrimination the influencing of civil
rights the influencing of women women’s participation in in in society and in in
terms of jobs and equal pay as well as title nine and getting women sports
programs implemented but as usual what’s going to happen there’s going to be a
conservative reaction to the regulatory state it starts with President Richard
Nixon’s and his Southern Strategy and of course one of the things that’s most
important is that it leads to corruption we’re going to get Watergate and the
first president to be impeached he will actually resign we get with the election
of Ronald Reagan with the election of Ronald Reagan there was a new term that
was introduced in the American lexicon is known as Reaganomics and the idea
behind the conservative reaction in the 1980s was to attack Lyndon Johnson’s
Great Society and all the programs that were designed in terms of affirmative
action to bring in minorities into school to bring women to the disabled
and and of course a reaction against the New Deal to stop labor organizing to
stop the minimum wage to stop the right that workers should have to the
decision-making process at work the idea was to dismantle the regulatory state
stop the Environmental Protection Association stop businesses from being
regulated Ronald Reagan and his administration is going to call it
trickle-down economics and what happens is you get corruption scandal and crime
the Keating affair the car the iran-contra affair and at this time is
the rise of a moral majority and the moral majority is going to claim reverse
discrimination we’re going to see televangelists come out and argue for
making America great again going back to the traditional values where
blacks were in their place where women were in their place where minorities
were in their place where Mexicans were eliminated and just a deported and again
returned to traditional values and what is the traditional values it seems that
conservative reaction to the traditional values is trying to tell white America
that they’re going to be that they’re going to be okay but it’s celebrates
greed and it celebrates greater social than justice
so again we’ve follow through another cycle of a conservative reaction to the
regulatory state of the anti-democratic forces pitted against progressive reform
we see this as a third cycle now you

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