The Columbia Guide to America in the 1960s
David R. Farber, Beth L. Bailey
Columbia University Press, 2001 - History - 508 pages
The 1960s continue to be the subject of passionate debate and political controversy, a touchstone in struggles over the meaning of the American past and the direction of the American future. Amid the polemics and the myths, making sense of the Sixties and its legacies presents a challenge. This book is for all those who want to take it on.
Because there are so many facets to this unique and transformative era, this volume offers multiple approaches and perspectives. The first section gives a lively narrative overview of the decade's major policies, events, and cultural changes. The second presents ten original interpretative essays from prominent historians about significant and controversial issues from the Vietnam War to the sexual revolution, followed by concise encyclopedia articles organized alphabetically. This section could stand as a reference work in itself and serves to supplement the narrative. Subsequent sections include short topical essays, a collection of fascinating charts, graphs, and comparative data, a chronology, and an extensive annotated bibliography with ample information on the best books, films, and electronic resources for further exploration.
With interesting facts, statistics, and comparisons presented in almanac style as well as essays by prominent scholars on core themes and topics, The Columbia Guide to America in the 1960s is the most complete guide to an enduringly fascinating era.
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Eminent historians Farber (Age of Great Dreams) and Bailey (Sex in the Heartland) present an accessible, state-of-the-art overview of the turbulent Sixties. Part narrative history and ... Read full review
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Thin. Little snips on this topic and that, without any coherent narrative, plus an abc section for terminology. Read full review
John Kennedy and the Promise of Leadership
The Kennedy Presidency
The Civil Rights Revolution
Federal Civil Rights Legislation
The Great Society
The 1964 Presidential Election
Explaining the Tragedy of Vietnam
Liberation for Whom?
Was It Revolutionary?
Ecstasy and Anxiety over the Hip Alternative
Silent Majority or White Backlash?
The Destructive Generation or Years of Hope?
THE SIXTIES A TO Z
SHORT TOPICAL ESSAYS
LBJ and the Great Society
The New Left
The Vietnam War
The Escalating War
The War at Home
Growing Polarization and Radicalization
Richard Nixons War in Vietnam
Americas Fighting Men
Ending the War
Liberation Power and Pride
DEBATING THE SIXTIES
African Americans and the Struggle for Civil Rights in the 1960s
Democratic Reformers or LeftWing Revolutionaries?
Losing Ground? The Great Society in Historical Perspective
Riots or Rebellions?
Cities and Suburbs
Law and Justice
Science and Technology
Portrait of a Nation
Race and Ethnicity
Travel and Recreation
Economy and Labor
National Politics and Elections
Entertainment Popular Arts and Publications
Sports and Olympics
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