The arrival began the U.S. involvement in a conflict between the communist north of the country and capitalist south
The Korean War ended unofficially in an armistice
The landmark Supreme Court case marked a turning point in segregation policies across the country
The movement began with students sitting in Woolworth’s in Greensboro, North Carolina and soon spread across the South, particularly in college towns
President John F. Kennedy attempted to slow the spread of the Viet Cong from North Vietnam into South Vietnam
The march advocated for the civil and economic rights of African Americans
The most pivotal civil rights legislation since Reconstruction, the Civil Rights act prohibited public discrimination and segregation
The game between the Green Bay Packers and the Kansas City Chiefs was held at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Commander Neil Armstrong and lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin became the first people to set foot on the moon
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A New Generation of Writers
After the second world war, the literary landscape in the United States changed. While political and social values remained relatively conservative, the leading writers of the day were often radical and forward-thinking, paving the way for the Beat generation and for the political activism of the 1960s. Learn more about American literature after World War II from Encyclopædia Britannica here.
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