These were parents from suburbs and more who paid their taxes and did what they could for the country in the 1960’s. The post war growth boom was seen to have created a complete transformation of the American South and the lives of the people on this belt depended on Government decisions, here they did not have the voice to question a system that they were so dependent on. Everything had federal funding from tax exclusions to roadways and the silent majority had to be dependent on Government decisions, however there were changes being carried out in the time of 1960’s and 70’s that led to much conservative activism at about the same time, leading to much changes in the political, social and economic landscape. This essay analyzes the agenda of the silent majority and how they were called upon during important political decision making by President Nixon in the 1960’s. The conservative activism that was prevalent at that time and the continuity of influence it gave to the 1980s and 1990s are also discussed critically in the context that this silent majority believed the nation to be caught in political and economic rises.
The time of the silent majority was also the time of the civil rights showdown in the 1960’s and the 70’s. There were many concerns that led to protests. For one, there was busing that was not received very well. Parents felt that the very purpose behind why they choose to move into on neighborhood would not be served. Some of them were antagonistic on the idea that the Government had the rights to tell them where to send children to school. The racist desegregation that was going on was quite stronger at that time.