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To some people the 1960s were the best of times, to others it was a period where many things went wrong in society. Why do people have such different ideas about the 1960s?

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To some people the 1960s were the best of times, to others it was a period where many things went wrong in society. Why do people have such different ideas about the 1960s? Many people who lived through the 60s decade feel it was revolutionary; a 'swinging' period after years of austerity and gloom with the young people commanding the army of change. This view however, has been challenged. Some think that the 60s have a misguided view. Instead of the sixties transforming life for the better, it actually made life worse. For young people during the sixties, life had freedom and freedom had opportunities. ...read more.

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The Cuban Missile Crisis threatened nuclear war. In America, there was the assassination of President Kennedy and the Vietnam War. Both were destructive and sad events. Locally in England, there was the profumo affair where a British politician had an affair with a Russian who was considered an enemy because of the cold war. This struck chaos into political values in England. During the sixties, there were many changes to the legal system in England. The death penalty became abolished. Many people thought this would encourage crime and make the legal system look weak. This was a debated decision as was the legalisation of abortion. ...read more.

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However, these two statistics had begun rising from 1945 and there was no significant increase in them throughout the 1960s. The fact is that men and women were gaining more independence and deciding to use it in different ways. One key question is 'Would the changes that took place during and since the sixties have taken place anyway? The answer is almost certainly yes. With more mature, better educated and higher earning young people it is inevitable that these changes in society would have taken place anyway. However, there is a question that will always be contested and argued about, 'were the 1960s the best of times, or was it a period where many things went wrong in society?' There are strong views each way but there is no clear answer. ...read more.

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