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Conspiracy Theories in the 1960s

What do you think accounts for the rise of conspiracy theories that are offered as explanations for the assassinations of the great leaders of the 1960s?

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Hi and thank you for using Brainmass. To answer this, you need to provide an informed opinion - your ideas, published and established ideas of others that have already written and done research on the subject - in a structural way. You can do this by using an outline as such -

1. Conspiracy theories - introduction to the discussion, 100 words.
2. Rise of conspiracy theories in the 60's (350 words)
a. Social conditions
b. Political conditions
c. Psychological factors (individual & collective)
d. The assassinations and the conspiracy theories - 100, (here, you tie certain elements of the Kennedy assassination to ideas from #2 above)
3. Conclusion - What is your firm opinion on the matter? Write from 50 to 100 words.

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AE 105878/Xenia Jones

Conspiracy Theories

Conspiracy theories are those ideas and theories put together by people to attempt to explain an event or a situation as a result of a plot by a covert group or an organization, secret plots that serve to 'cover up' the what really happened, basically the true reasons behind an event. Or, in a more general sense, conspiracy theorists believe that certain social, political and economic situations or outcomes in society happen because of secret plots unknown to the public, done so in order for the more powerful groups to covertly control society or to push an agenda for their own benefit. This discussion is going to focus on the rise of conspiracy theories, the reasons behind them, particularly focusing on the events in the '60's when, according to McIver (2004), an important development pushed for conspiracy theories to surface and become popular as an alternative explanation for events.

Rise of Conspiracy Theories

Going back to McIver (2004), he proposed that the 60's were a period of social upheaval. During this period, Americans saw the dynamism and society-changing effects of the Civil Rights Movement, there also was the Red ...

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The solution provides information, assistance and advise in tackling the task (see above) of discussing conspiracy theories and the explanations they offer especially with regards to their rise and popularity in the 60's. Resources are listed for further exploration of the topic.