The Cold War impacted Washington positively because it created many jobs and ended up educating the new generations better because math and science courses became required. Also, there was a negative impact because of the nuclear testing going on at Hanford. Many people who lived downwind from the testing areas got cancer later in life.
Although the economy was slightly boosted, the Vietnam War was very unpopular and many protests were staged against sending US troops to South Vietnam. Overall, this war had a significant negative effect on Washington due to many large-scale riots in Seattle. After the war ended, unemployment soared in the Puget Sound area.
The Civil Rights Movement exploded when political leaders across America were assassinated. In the end, the movement had a positive effect on Washington because it is a very multicultural state. The movement in Washington slowed down with the passing of the Equal Rights Amendment to the State Constitution.
The end of World War II marked the end of much hardship in Washington. The passing of the G.I. Bill allowed war veterans to meld back into civilian society more easily. This ultimately had a good effect on Washington, because many new things were built and it let many people into college.
Known today as Group Health, the nation's first HMO was founded in Seattle under the name Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound. This made Washington a pioneer in health care across the nation. This event hasn't just impacted Washington, but the entire country.
During this time, most people had enough money to afford a personal automobile. However, it was slow to drive from the suburbs to the cities so the federal government began to build large freeways across America to link the states and improve driving time. Ultimately, this had a positive impact on Washington because it cleared up a lot of traffic and linked Washington to Canada, Oregon, and Idaho even more.
With the passing of the Equal Rights Amendment, women and men were finally granted equality. Without this amendment, strikes in favor of feminism may still be occurring.
The 1974 world's fair was held in Spokane and was the first environmentally themed world's fair. Its projects cleaned up the city and encouraged other cities in Washington to do the same.
This entitled Indians to 50% of all salmon and steelhead that passed through their usual fishing sites. It increased Indian rights, but made non-Indian fishermen protest.
This act made it so the needs of the fish were taken into just as much consideration as the needs of power for humans. This impacted Washington by having the management of dams shift focus from extreme power to helping fish through the dam.
This is important because it kick-started a lot of environmental awareness within Washington.
A huge protest occurred when the WTO met in Seattle. Resulting in the calling of the National Guard and the police, this event shows that Seattle citizens are still capable of large scale public riots.