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By Ira Katznelson

In urban Trenches, Ira Katznelson appears to be like at a big phenomenon of the sixties—the resurgence of neighborhood activism—and explains its assets, demanding situations, and failure. Katznelson argues that the yankee operating type perceives office politics and neighborhood politics as separate and specified spheres, a notion that defeats makes an attempt to handle grievances or elevate calls for that holiday the principles of neighborhood politics or of bread-and-butter unionism. He helps his thesis with an soaking up case research of Washington Heights-Inwood, a multiethnic working-class group in long island.

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The backlash by military leaders and History 35 homophobic Americans was so great that the president had to compromise to a “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, meaning that recruiters would not ask about sexual preference and gays should not reveal themselves (quoted in Tindall and Shi, 1996: 1545). Simultaneously, the disclosure that the Clintons had received insider treatment in a real-estate deal was coupled with lawsuits charging the President with sexual misconduct while he was Governor of Arkansas.

Clinton could not restrain his libido and found himself in real trouble when a 21-yearold intern, Monica Lewinsky, told a friend that she had been having sex with the President and that she had a sperm-stained dress to prove it. Clinton went on national television, looked the country straight in the face, and stated, “I did not have sexual relations with that woman” (quoted in Campbell, 1998). When he later admitted that he had lied under oath, the House voted for impeachment and the Senate trial dragged on for a month.

Whites coveted western lands and as wagon trains rolled out of Eastern cities, Indians were killed and confined to reservations. By 1838, all the eastern tribes had been forced west of the Mississippi River and, in the most famous atrocity, 15,000 Cherokees were forced to relocate from Georgia to Indian territory in Oklahoma. ” Complicating the land struggles, the area from Texas to California was owned by Mexico, which had won its independence from Spain in 1821. In 1836, American settlers living in Texas revolted against Mexican rule, declared a Lone Star Republic, and asked to join the union.

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