Intro What started off as the “Wild West” has turned into a place progressive ideas and a large city. From 1945 to today Colorado’s social structure and ideals have changed. Home to many old and outdated ideals, Colorado became one of the first states to take action on these things such as Gay rights, African American rights, and Women’s rights. All these things went from being socially unacceptable or socially ignored to new ideas and ways of living. Also over the years you see the growth of the middle class in Colorado and the diversity within the middle class. Colorado is home to many movements and ideas that went against the social norm to structure how Colorado is today. Without Colorado many social issues would not be the way they are today.