Chapter

“I am a Sick American”

Sean P. Cunningham

in Cowboy Conservatism

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780813125763
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135441 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813125763.003.0005
“I am a Sick American”

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The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal published an anonymous, full-page advertisement consisting only of text on April 15, 1971. At the top of the page, in big, bold letters, was a declaration: “I am a Sick American.” As the tumultuous 1960s came to a close, more Americans grew less patient with the pace, procedure, and style of social, economic, and cultural change. Disillusionment and, eventually, malaise resulted from a sense that America was “sick.” Yet not all citizens responded passively. During the late 1960s, race, integration, and associated white anxieties are the most commonly accepted diagnosis for the political backlash that gripped the South.

Keywords: anonymous; declaration; disillusionment; integration; backlash

Chapter.  11166 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: US Politics

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