Where Have All the Flower Children Gone? (Google eBook)
What happened to the Vietnam protesters and civil rights activists? Where did their idealism lead them? And what do they feel they have contributed to the nation's political debate? Answers to these and many other questions can be found in the first-hand narratives, history, and photographs of Where Have All the Flower Children Gone? Chapters examine such aspects as the origins of the student protest movement and the conservative backlash as well as the fates of draft evaders, expatriates, and conscientious objectors. Respondents explore the conflict between the various generations over Vietnam, Iraq, and other issues. What happened to the children of the 1960s, and how do they reconcile their pasts with the present? Gurvis examines little-known aspects of the 1960s such as an uprising at Colorado State and coffeehouses that helped soldiers form opinions about Vietnam. Where Have All the Flower Children Gone? puts a contemporary face on the Age of Aquarius. Gurvis interviews such officials as Senator Chuck Hagel (R-Nebraska) and such high-profile former radicals as Bernadine Dohrn. The book also provides one of the last interviews with the late Ossie Davis. The major and minor players of Kent State and Jackson State, where students and others perished at the hands of soldiers, weigh in as well as do the generations preceding and succeeding the Baby Boomers. Sandra Gurvis is a freelance writer living in Columbus, Ohio. She has written for numerous magazines and is the author of ten books, including the novel The Pipe Dreamers.
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Where have all the flower children gone?User Review - Book Verdict
Now that those who grew up with the Vietnam War are retiring, the compilation and packaging of their oral testimonies is proceeding at a great pace on the web, as primary-source material for scholarly monographs, and in relatively unprocessed book form. Gurvis (Careers for Nonconformists ), a freelance writer who often covers the unconventional and was herself formed in and of the Sixties, takes the "in their words" approach, and while she frames each of her themes (e.g., Kent State, war resistance, intentional communities) with introductory comments that are historically accurate and balanced, analysis is not this book's strength. Instead, it is the breadth of folks with whom Gurvis has corresponded, most of whom are, refreshingly, not famous. Actual hawks are present-hawks then and hawks now, the two sometimes not correlating-as are the progeny of this generation, which now seems so self-absorbed (if with the best intentions). Anyone not already personally invested in the Sixties legacy or not already familiar with its primary and secondary literature (not to mention sound and film cultural artifacts) will not be drawn in, but that leaves a very large group of readers. Recommended for academic libraries especially.-Scott H. Silverman, Bryn Mawr Coll. Lib., PA
Review: Where Have All the Flower Children Gone?User Review - Goodreads
Interesting and insightful.
The Conservatives and the Hawks
Selling Out or Stuck in Time?
Draft Evaders Expatriates and Conscientious Objectors
Older and Younger Generations Speak Out