Usually, these episodes are followed by a longer period of retrenchment (the Antebellum era and the Jim Crow South), but the Cold War stretched the last major conflict out for two generations.The Greatest Generation which enacted the sweeping changes of the 1960s overwhelmingly trusted the federal government.There were far more voters from the Greatest Generation and the Baby Boomers who brought up in the aforementioned media landscape.They are dwindling every year and many of the changes we see going on today is due to generational turnover.The Republican Party was a far stronger institution before W.and the neocons got behind the wheel and wrecked the country in the Iraq War.America was overwhelmingly White and was rich and naive enough to be more generous on race.
It is no longer the deterrent that it was in the past.
It was a time when MLK and his fellow black reverends were still imbued with the moral authority they lost in later decades.
The Jamelle Bouies and Ta-Nehisi Coates will never be able to play the race card as effectively as their predecessors.
This was punctuated by two periods when Americans began to feel better about the economy under Ronald Reagan in the 1980s and Bill Clinton in the 1990s.
Today, the average American middle class and working class household has the same income it did in 19 respectively.