These areas are emphasized:
1. Discuss and provide examples of "identity politics" in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
2. Describe something you learned this week about the "Vietnam Era" of 1963-1975 that you had not known before and that you see has a connection to events and developments in 2008.
3. Develop and pose at least three questions that have arisen in your mind and that you regard as worthy of further research.
Please allow some of my ideas to help:
1. As you briefly discuss and provide examples of "identity politics" in the late 1960s and early 1970s, you might note that some of the groups that were struggling for Civil Rights today such as women, minorities, and gays, were battling in these eras. To illustrate, you might add how gays, lesbians, transsexuals and bisexuals were struggling and shaped "identity politics" at this time.
As you overview the notion of "identity politics," please note how the movement toward civil rights for women's, and other "identity" movements of the 1960s were cultural as well as political revolutions (http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0221/p09s02-coop.html).
Since this umbrella of theme in terms of identity politics is so vast, you might look at how identity politics could have three divisions: racial identity, gender, and sexuality. Some historians define it as a "Unity based on shared identity that had historically been the basis of oppression" (http://www.utep.edu/hist3101/Sixties.html). They commonly strived for a rejection of oppression and mistreatment from the government.
In particular, you might cite how one of the best known and most important political slogans of the early "Women's Liberation Movement in which I was involved in the middle 1960s claimed that the personal is political. That phrase was honed in reaction to struggles within the 1960s social movements out of which the Women's Liberation Movement first emerged. It ...
Issues related to identity politics in the late 1960s and early 1970s are presented.