Civil Unrest in the 1960s: Riots and Their Aftermath by Wil Mara

By Wil Mara

This interesting sequence takes a glance at significant occasions all through U.S historical past in the course of the eyes of these who lived to witness them

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S. ships were on a spy mission and violating international waters in the first place. Nevertheless, the Gulf of Tonkin incident was the basis upon which America entered one of the most nightmarish periods in its history. 30 The War in Vietnam needed a reason for sending troops that the American people would understand and support. On August 2 an American warship was fired upon by a smaller North Vietnamese vessel. In response President Johnson sent more American warships into the region. Then, on August 4 a second attack reportedly occurred.

By early evening word had spread, and the riots began anew. More police were called to the area, and the California National Guard was told to be ready. The riot zone was surrounded by officers in an attempt to contain the violence. It raged throughout the night as fires were lit, windows were smashed, and businesses were looted. The third day, a Friday, began calmly enough. By late morning, however, the rioting had restarted and was more vicious then ever. Fires were set on block after block, expanding the riot zone and destroying businesses that had been in the area for years.

The Environmental Movement Concern for the health of the planet and its natural resources is not a new idea, but it has definitely taken on a larger role— and greater urgency—since the beginning of the Industrial Age. As humankind has acquired a better understanding of advanced technologies, we have also developed an unfortunate tendency to damage the natural environment that we depend upon for our survival. In America awareness of this problem existed as far back as the 1700s. But its true rise to prominence probably began in the 1800s, both with the publication of Henry David Thoreau’s groundbreaking book Walden, in 1854, and the tireless 40 Further Unrest work of John Muir, the founder of the Sierra Club who is considered the father of modern environmentalism.

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