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John F. Kennedy, Warren Magnuson, and UW president Charles Odegaard, Seattle, 1961
UW Special Collections, 1986.5.31186.5, HistoryLink.org

Senator and Mrs. Mansfield with Robert F. Kennedy, 1967
Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library

This week we look at the political developments in the 1960s. In the Lecture, Professor Mayer examines the administrations of John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson, as well as the political and social challenges to the New Deal Consensus, and the U.S. entrance into Vietnam. A second session was recorded, chronicling the feminist movement. So, the lecture went a little long this week.

Maps and Cityscapes looks at the antiwar protests in Seattle and the University of Washington, while Tribal Perspectives focuses on the development of the American Indian Movement.

People and the Humanities profiles Washington State Senator Scoop Jackson and Idaho Vietnam Veteran Tom Wheeler’s oral history. The Research section presents our top reading and viewing picks for this topic.

Assignment suggestions for this week’s content include:

  • How both the left and the right, as well as the Democratic and Republican parties, redefined themselves during this decade. What remained consistent and what about their political stances changed?
  • Many historians claim that the American public fundamentally trusted the Presidency and the federal government prior to Watergate. Does the story of the 1960s back up this claim or refute it?
  • If you are not working in this week, you might consider such issues as antiwar protests, the intersection between social action and politics, and the ever-changing definitions of “Left” and “Right.”
Lyndon Baines JohnsonMap of Indochina, 1968