As you all know, Martin Luther King Day is coming up on Monday. While we have not studied the Civil Rights Movement in depth yet in this course, we examined it indirectly in our military history, especially with regard to Vietnam. Black men were disproportionately drafted into the armed services during the Vietnam conflict, and this certainly fueled the civil rights conflict at home. Consider the fact that both Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy (brother to JFK, presidential hopeful, and civil rights advocate) were assassinated in 1968, which is the same year that the Johnson administration kicked up the escalation plan in Vietnam.
How much was the Civil Rights movement a reflection of the general instability of the 1960s? Consider how the Vietnam conflict demonstrated the weaknesses within the United States.