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Why do people have such different ideas about the 1960's.

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The 1960's are usually looked back on in two different points of view the positive view or the negative view. The positive argument is that there was more freedom, individuality and experimentation. There were protests about people's beliefs, which led to positive achievements such as more equal opportunities for men and women and the legalisation of homosexuality in 1967. Abortion was also made legal in 1967 and capital punishment stopped in 1965. ...read more.


Britain also became a more multi-cultural society due to the Race Relations Act in 1965. The negative argument is that when things went wrong in society more people were led astray. The new youth culture of the 1960's embodies irresponsibility, selfishness and dangerous drugs. By the end of the 60's especially, there was a lot of tension, there were violent riots and student protests turning violent. ...read more.


new 'modern' culture Overall, I think the 60's were a good thing as certain things are indisputable, such as the improvement in the standard of living. The welfare state was enhanced, for example there were improvements in the NHS, education was extended making it better and social services were improved. I think there is also a down side to the 60's, such as the violence and the drug taking, but there were more good changes than bad in society at this time. ...read more.

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