The Vietnam War stretched over a span of twenty years The most influential president during this period was President Nixon, who slowly worked to end the Vietnam War.
"Forrest Gump" shows Gump fighting in the war during 1967, as a war that no one really knew what they were fighting for.
Little Rock,Arkansas: September 4, 1957
President Dwight Eisenhower sent troops to Central High School to protect nine African-American students at the all-white school.
"The Butler" portrays this event as the first time a white person stood up for black people.
Greensboro, North Carolina, February 1, 1960
Students in Greensboro, North Carolina sat in the white section of a segregated lunch counter, where they were beaten, harassed, and arrested for peacefully protesting.
"The Butler" shows this event as a time where black people began to stick up for their rights and the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement.
President John F. Kennedy was a large advocate for the Civil Rights Movement and was assassinated just barely one thousand days into his term.
"Forrest Gump" portrays JFK as a nice president who was unfortunately killed. As for "The Butler", he was portrayed as someone who made an advance towards civil rights for all.
Freedom Riders: May 14, 1961
The Freedom Riders were a group of people who rode buses across the South to protest segregated public transportation; they were inspired by the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
"The Butler" portrays this scene with the KKK attacking the bus and ultimately blowing up the bus in Aniston, Alabama. This represents the Southern view seen upon desegregation.
The Black Panther Party was a faction of the Civil Rights Movement inspired by Malcolm X and believed in violent protests to make a change.
In "The Butler", Cecil's son joined the Black Panther Party and it was shown as a "terrorist" organization.
The counterculture was a movement that protested the Vietnam War listening to music, such as Bob Dylan.
In "Forrest Gump", Forrest speaks to protesters of the war in Washington, D.C. and Jenny ends up joining it, exposing her to drugs, among other things.
Watergate was a cover up by Richard Nixon that led to his resignation as president.
In "Forrest Gump", Forrest witnesses the break-in at the hotel and reports it.
The Ping Pong Diplomacy focused on the American and Chinese ping-pong teams that paved the way towards a visit to Beijing by President Nixon.
"Forrest Gump" portrayed it by making Gump a member of the ping-pong team.
President Barack Obama was the first black president of the United States.
At the end of "The Butler", Cecil walks into President Obama's office to meet him- the first black president in US history.