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7.Desegregator and the Vietnam war.

by Estudiante - Isabella Villada

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7. Desegregation and the Vietnam war
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1954 - Racial segregation in schools becomes unconstitutional;
start of campaign of civil disobedience to secure civil rights for
Americans of African descent.
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1960 - Democratic Party candidate John F Kennedy elected
president, narrowly defeating his rival Richard Nixon.
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1961 - Bay of Pigs invasion: an unsuccessful attempt to invade
Cuba by Cuban exiles, organised and financed by Washington.
1962 - US compels Soviet Union to withdraw nuclear weapons from
Cuba in what has become known as the Cuban missile crisis.
1963 - President John F Kennedy assassinated; Lyndon Johnson
becomes president.
1964 - US steps up its military intervention in Vietnam. Civil Rights
Act signed into law; it aims to halt discrimination on grounds of
race, colour, religion, nationality.
1968 - Black civil rights leader Martin Luther King assassinated.
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