America in the 1960's

Haruka Kawai

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Segregation and Civil Rights in 1960's

The 1960's was a decade of fight for racial equality. African Americans strongly protested against discrimination and sought rights that had been denied in the past. Their indignant showed America that America needed a change in the unfair society.

"The Help"

This novel is the representation of the issue of discrimination in American home setting. The main character, Aibileen, is the African American maid who works for the white family. Although the characters in the book are fictional, the story of the novel itself demonstrates the real history of segregation.
For example this picture is the actual picture that was taken in the 1960's.

You can see the African American maid serving around for her boss and her boss's friends.

The film

The most effective movies of this time that were directed at how America lived and the themes of race were Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, which is about a white girl who brings home her African American boyfriend to her parents' surprise.

It was published in 1967.

Photography from the 1960's

Music From the 1960's

Music from the 1960's

Although the races were very divided for most of the decade, the music enabled some whites to appreciate black culture.

Aretha Franklin

She was an African American artist who sang about being herself and being happy with her natural strength and beauty.

Aretha Franklin - (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman (HQ)

Stevie Wonder

-Stevie Wonder released eleven albums during the 1960s. He was popular with both white and black audiences.


(( Stevie Wonder - For Once in My Life ))

Ray Charles

-Ray Charles, another blind singer, was also very popular in the 1960's.
Ray Charles Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Louis Armstrong

-Louis Armstrong was one of the most popular African American male jazz singers.

The single album he released in 1968, 'what a wonderful world', became the most well known single album in his carrier.
Louis Armstrong - What A Wonderful World (Lyrics)

Ella Fitzgerald

-Ella Fitzgerald was a popular female African American jazz singer from Virginia in 1960's.


Ella Fitzgerald grandes maestros del Jazz 2

Historical Speeches

"I Have A Dream" by Martin Luther King

One of the most celebrated and acclaimed speech that Martin Luther King gave to supporters of civil rights movement in 1960's. This protest speech happned in Washington D.C. before an immense crowd of people in 1963.
Martin Luther King, Jr. I Have A Dream Speech

Inaugural Speech for George Wallace's election as Governor of Alabama

He challenged attempts of the federal government to enforce laws prohibiting segregation in Alabama's public schools and other institutions. He was a proponent of anti-civil right movement. This speech was delivered in 1963.
George Wallace Segregation Speech
However, Wallace later in life apologized for his racism and segregationist policies.

"I've Been To The Mountaintop" by Martin Luther King

He delivered this speech in 1968 at the Mason Temple in Memphis, Tennessee.


The day after he gave this intense and powerful speech to America, he was assassinated by James Earl Ray, a racist who was also a small time criminal. It was on April 4th,1968.

Martin Luther King's Last Speech: "I've Been To The Mountaintop"

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