Domestic Policy Events

Eisenhower

  • Americans= “People of plenty”
  • Highway Act of 1956
  • 1954- “Under God” and “In God we Trust”
  • Civil Rights (1953-1960)
    • Brown v. Board outlawed segregation
    • Brown II integration to take place “with all deliberate speed”
    • Emmitt Till
    • Montgomery Bus Boycott, Rosa Parks, MLK Jr. and SCLC
    • Civil Rights Act of 1957
      • speed up court procedures in cases where denied right to vote
      • Established Commission on Civil Rights
      • Little Rock
        • Orval Faubus, gov. of Arkansas, segregationist
  • American Indian
    • “Termination”= grant full citizenship
    • “Relocation” encouraged them to leave lands
    • Both bad, leads to
      • Land- real estate
      • Lost tax-exempt and social services
      • Low-paying dead-end jobs
      • Discriminatory
  • Bracero program for farmhands from Mexico, short-term contracts for agricultural jobs
  • “Operation Wetback” round up and deport illegal immigrants
  • Eisenhower moderate republican
    • Expanded social security
    • Raised minimum wage
    • Improved unemployment benefits
    • New departments of health, education and welfare

Kennedy

  • Cautions fiscal policies
  • Tax breaks for economic growth
  • Area Redevelopment Bill- aid to areas that were bypassed by post-war economic growth
  • Civil Rights 1960-1963
    • “Sit-in” movement
    • CORE
    • Freedom Rides- challenging Kennedy to enforce integration in interstate buses
    • Birmingham, Alabama- church bombed, kids die
    • “March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom”- 1963, I Have a Dream
  • Assassination, conspiracy
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