U.S. History/U.S. History


the different visions for the role of American government expressed by liberals in the counter-cultural revolution of the 1960s and the reaction of conservatives in the 1980s.

Hi Yeji,

Liberals divided in the late 1960s due to the Vietnam War. While all were agreed on domestic issues, they disagreed about Vietnam policy. One side - represented by President Johnson and Vice-President Humphrey, supported the war continuing. Another side, represented by Senator Eugene McCarthy and later by Robert Kennedy, wanted to end the war. Domestically, Democrats advocated a strong social safety net for vulnerable groups (poor, minority, elderly, disabled). In the 1980s, conservative Republicans campaigned - and won - against "government activism," and advocated limited government. This was a response to the expansive government practiced by Democrats during the 1960s.

I hope this is helpful, Yeji!

- Marc  

U.S. History

All Answers

Answers by Expert:

Ask Experts


Marc Aperio


I'm able to answer most questions about US History, whether related to political, social, economic, or military issues.


I've studied American history for nearly 20 years. I'm currently volunteering for AllExperts in Medieval and European history.

My newest book WE NEED TO TALK: 27 DIALOGUES ON RACE IN AMERICA is available in the Amazon Kindle store. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01E69CUUI Also the author of AMERICAN REVOLUTION 2016: RATIONALE AND AIMS FOR RADICAL CHANGE http://www.amazon.com/American-Revolution-2016-Rationale-Radical-ebook/dp/B00MI9H9VE

BA History (High Honors)

©2016 About.com. All rights reserved.