The 1960s in America: Crash Course US History #40

  • Published on Dec 6, 2013
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    In which John Green teaches you about a time of relative tumult in the United States, the 1960s. America was changing rapidly in the 1960s, and rights movements were at the forefront of those changes. Civil Rights were dominant, but the 60s also saw growth in the Women's Movement, the LGBT rights movement, the Latino rights movement, and the American Indian movement. Also, Americans began to pay a bit more attention to the environment. All this change happened against the backdrop of the Cold War and the Rise of Conservatism. It was just wild. John will teach you about sit-ins, Freedom Rides, The March on Washington, MLK, JFK, LBJ, and NOW. Man, that is a lot of initialisms. And one acronym.
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    Hey teachers and students - Check out CommonLit's free collection of reading passages and curriculum resources to learn more about the events of this episode. Civil Rights stayed strong throughout the 1960s, beginning with the peaceful sit-in movement in 1960 in the South:
    The Civil Rights Movement reached a high point when Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his 1963 “I Have a Dream” Speech at the March on Washington:
    After President Kennedy's assassination, President Johnson decided to promote Civil Rights as part of his Great Society program:
    After Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in 1968, the growing black power movement gained even more populairty:
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Comments • 2 655

  • Iseah Greenley
    Iseah Greenley 4 days ago

    "IM FROM ALABAMA". sus? or sus?

  • Alex Xander
    Alex Xander 8 days ago

    What's that? Oh god 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

  • emma pilegaard
    emma pilegaard 10 days ago

    you`re talking way too fast. like really fast. people in denmark can´t follow you.

  • El boujemaoui Driss
    El boujemaoui Driss 12 days ago

    Thx i have an exam tomorrow.

  • kevrunnthat
    kevrunnthat 21 day ago

    All boomers are good for is complaining and their shitty times. I don’t wanna be a boomer too

  • Daniel McGrath
    Daniel McGrath 24 days ago

    So it wasnt republicans who chapioned and started the civil rights movement? You said, it was "weird" that a conservative supreme court made those decisions. I was under the impression liberals had hijacked the civil rights movement in my lifetime?

  • София Сойко
    София Сойко Month ago +1

    انا ارف محكومة دولية国籍法院icjмежлународный суд оонcorye intetnational d3 justice

  • Theresa Rose
    Theresa Rose Month ago

    Check out Lincoln Jr high and Dudley Sr high in Greensboro NC in,1971 where abuse was hided. Unknown Truth to children who loved preacher King. I really dare anyone knows that. It's what caused shot out. This I why I know history on race is wrong! Always been rich and poor. No one helped me for 6 long years. Red yellow black and white. Learn history.

  • Srikar Bala
    Srikar Bala Month ago


  • Srikar Bala
    Srikar Bala Month ago

    hee hee he said boomer.

  • ellen deaton
    ellen deaton Month ago

    Who is this idiot? Get him off here! What supercilious, half-cocked perspectives. Thumbs down.

  • Christopher Melton
    Christopher Melton Month ago

    Someone from Alabama trying to zing Mississippians about education. Nice try John.

  • bernard louis liberto

    Firstly this fellow was not even living at that time th emost extensive drugging of any nations at the time were on going, and the mosat severest of biochemicla warafres fought by american freedom fighters Arabia africa and asia, and this slightness of attempts to flower it up, yesa the youth were mired in flower power sure thing while on the street along wqith pot mariguanna was the slase of hypnotics the real meaning of hppies those whom sold mind reducing hypnotics to youth roled it into the ma=pot,smoked and the true danger was to brain wash its citizens to believe your governement was wo=rong to forget the fought for freedoms and cooperate with the new democracy, it formed inside cnada under the disinforming RCMP, and continues today, be like us cooperate no indivudual expressions permitted, rule of law not tule of jstice considerate of all things be ike us , unionism, and group sociial isms Beritish systle, drugas are okkay valium craze and lessenting of the pitical will and attacks upn the faith abortions and popluaiotns control and birth control unfaithful to offspring raised to abunc-dances no we shall measure it al join us...drugged to accept this we all became like slovenly hounds accepting what was offered and stoned..while no one had a grasp upn how very threatneing to the minds of the masses were affected in persusions to it, the movement, the birith sinvasion beatles to pink floyd and other spychodeleia...all paid its p[irce and rise of neo slavery Trumpism today nineteen sixties were hell for many those whom ignored it capitalized from the decay of morality and values in freedoms protected in fact gained others family life decayed to 60- percent divorces now no productivieltiy unless large big box rules your dolings permitted if you work for wal mart wages distributions evoelved from th e take over by biriths navy structures thourgh th egovernments of north america Roality reemerged a presence again to retrun as they promised to vanquish all its detractors in th einvisibile controls of pharmacueitical pisonings evovled from the liberalizationis of th elaws to accomodate hypnotics hippeis era 1960s was not good for th epoeples now e=imbibings as would be crazies...weakened adn diminisherdd in mind to watch internet and tv adn cell phitis...

  • Depressed Garbage
    Depressed Garbage Month ago

    um... does anyone know the answer to Why did the year 1958 sum up the changes occurring in the 1960s?

  • Frederico Zgur
    Frederico Zgur Month ago +1

    JFK and LBJ also supported a couple of coups in Latin America that killed and tortured thousands of people (:

  • Spiced Apple Sauce
    Spiced Apple Sauce Month ago


  • Ibrahim Almuhaimeed

    this episode should be called martin luther king episode

  • Borsh
    Borsh Month ago

    Pete les couilles ce prof d'anglais

  • Hatatechan
    Hatatechan 2 months ago +1


  • benjigamer225 BG
    benjigamer225 BG 2 months ago

    1:15 I went there it was fun and felt some nest-alga

  • /Zoe Greene
    /Zoe Greene 2 months ago

    ok boomer

  • Thoughtful Janitor
    Thoughtful Janitor 2 months ago +1

    9:46 Gold. Absolute Gold

  • Keenan Murray
    Keenan Murray 2 months ago

    Ok Boomer

  • Red
    Red 2 months ago +1

    I too was searching for 'ok boomer' memes and I found... beauty. Ok, you can keep scrolling now.

  • Mia Rue
    Mia Rue 2 months ago

    Boomers: *never shut up about how important they are*
    John: Ok Boomer

  • Fatima Magaña
    Fatima Magaña 2 months ago +2

    I knew his crash courses sounded too similar to my college history book “Give Me Liberty” by Eric Foner. He’s using it as a source and making it very concise. He just confirmed it by quoting Foner. Thank you!

  • Marsha Ann
    Marsha Ann 2 months ago

    He's dorky, but it's so adorable lol Thank you for telling history correctly and non-bias!

      MICHAEL DUKES 2 days ago

      Everyone’s biased. Including this guy.

  • Murray Elliott
    Murray Elliott 2 months ago +1

    So you are so esteemed to be able to denegrate Ringo, and who the F8&^%K are you? I got to 43 seconds and decided I didn't really want to find out!

  • yikes in the chat
    yikes in the chat 2 months ago +3

    The sixties: the “ok boomer” of decades

  • WhizPartyDoge
    WhizPartyDoge 2 months ago

    This would happen again in 2038.
    (Anyone get the reference?)

  • Hope Pavlich
    Hope Pavlich 2 months ago +1

    Thank you! You’re smart and funny and have a special way of telling history.

  • Dodger
    Dodger 2 months ago

    ok boomer

  • Bailee
    Bailee 2 months ago +1

    who’s ringo? dont no him.

  • w41duvernay
    w41duvernay 3 months ago

    Here's is where I disagree with Crash Course. Lee Harvey Oswald no way could have assassinate JFK by himself. Oswald had moved back and forth from the east to the west. It has been widely argued than he was a patsey.

  • raqFarha
    raqFarha 3 months ago

    I love that they picked the picture of Dr. MLK that has him giving super strong side eye at John Green

  • Lola Grace
    Lola Grace 3 months ago

    You're so funny!

  • sal alvarez
    sal alvarez 3 months ago +1

    1960’s. When society began to go downhill

  • Bradford Granath
    Bradford Granath 3 months ago

    Can we get a CC Civil Rights?

  • A C
    A C 3 months ago

    You forgot about the Animals!

  • Joel Hummel
    Joel Hummel 3 months ago

    Nothing about Stonewall?

  • Zerø Pūmpkins
    Zerø Pūmpkins 4 months ago +1

    What about the hippie movement? That was a big part in the Vietnam war.

  • Noe Garcia
    Noe Garcia 4 months ago

    Manson killed the 60s

  • _.marriissaa
    _.marriissaa 4 months ago

    wow i can’t believe he did ringo that dirty

  • slatt slatt
    slatt slatt 4 months ago +1


  • Alejandro Kudo
    Alejandro Kudo 4 months ago +19

    5:37 "Never go on a war with a noun; we'll always lose."🤣🤣
    War on Poverty
    War on Drugs
    War on Terror

    Just to name a few

  • Elijah Ford
    Elijah Ford 5 months ago +2

    Wait a minute. You forgot the most important event of the 1960s: the airing of the first episode of Doctor Who. For the first time spreading the gospel of The Doctor. Praise The Doctor!

  • Elijah Ford
    Elijah Ford 5 months ago

    2:07 sweet home Alabama!

  • Dr Kakerlake
    Dr Kakerlake 5 months ago

    waste of space

  • w41duvernay
    w41duvernay 5 months ago

    love the karma of Woolworth of not serving Blacks in the South. They don't exist these days.

  • Chris Morgan
    Chris Morgan 5 months ago

    Alabama? How hard did you work to ditch your accent?

  • Eric Kutepow
    Eric Kutepow 5 months ago

    The sixties, YUCK

  • Adam Osborne
    Adam Osborne 5 months ago

    Man, Ringo hasn't been dunked on so hard since he was the drummer in the Beatles.

  • Jesse James
    Jesse James 5 months ago

    Interesting video really wants me to research some of theses subjects more in depth.

  • Pavan M S
    Pavan M S 5 months ago

    "To a lesser extent - Rigo".
    Really? You SOB!

  • Hassan Malik
    Hassan Malik 5 months ago

    Anyone else have teachers making them watch this and are like IDGAF

  • Ashley Naylor
    Ashley Naylor 5 months ago +2

    Even with Vietnam, Lyndon B. Johnson is still my absolute favorite president.

  • FANBOY Lets' Plays
    FANBOY Lets' Plays 5 months ago

    The worst decade in the 20th century

  • Raniel Pangilinan
    Raniel Pangilinan 5 months ago

    American Indian Movement: I miss the old President.
    Black Panther Party: I know.
    American Indian Movement: I mean look, JFK is our last true leaders.

  • Coda Mission
    Coda Mission 5 months ago

    Funny how down 60s conservatives were with 2nd amendment rights unless it was black people who were arming themselves. Sound familiar?

  • Josh Pierce
    Josh Pierce 6 months ago

    In America we can protest. In other countries you just get jailed or kidnapped