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1960s: The United States is engaged in a war in Vietnam that bitterly divides the nation. It does not end until 1973. Many veterans encounter hostility toward them on their return to the United States.

1980s: Vietnam veterans, once scorned, are accorded more respect. The Vietnam Memorial Wall is built in Washington, D.C., and dedicated in 1982. It soon becomes one of the most visited sites in the city.

Today: The United States enjoys full diplomatic relations with Vietnam, which is one of the few remaining communist countries in the world. Many veterans still suffer from post-traumatic stress syndrome.

1960s: In a decade of violent unrest, young people are in rebellion on college campuses. Many are deeply concerned with issues of social justice and America's role in the world. Liberalism is the dominant political ideology.

1980s: During the 1980s, dubbed by some the "decade of greed," the nation...

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