America Divided: The Civil War of the 1960s

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In America Divided, Maurice Isserman and Michael Kazin provide the definitive history of the 1960s, in a book that tells a compelling tale filled with fresh and persuasive insights.
Ranging from the 1950s right up to the debacle of Watergate, Isserman (a noted historian of the Left) and Kazin (a leading specialist in populist movements) not only recount the public and private actions of the era's many powerful political figures, but also shed light on the social, cultural, and grassroots political movements of the decade. Indeed, readers will find a seamless narrative that integrates such events as the Cuban Missile Crisis and Operation Rolling Thunder with the rise of Motown and Bob Dylan, and that blends the impact of Betty Friedan, Martin Luther King, and George Wallace with the role played by organizations ranging from the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee to the Campus Crusade for Christ. The authors' broad ranging approach offers us the most sophisticated understanding to date of the interaction between key developments of the decade, such as the Vietnam War, the rise and fall of the Great Society, and the conservative revival. And they break new ground in their careful attention to every aspect of the political and cultural spectrum, depicting the 1960s as a decade of right-wing resurgence as much as radical triumph, of Protestant apocalyptic revivalism as much as Roman Catholic liberalism and rising alternative religions.
Never before have all sides of the many political, social, and cultural conflicts been so well defined, discussed, and analyzed--all in a swiftly moving narrative. With America Divided, the struggles of the Sixties--and their legacy--are finally clear.
 

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This is an excellent survey of the 1960's. I am hesitant to use the word "survey" because this work is very detailed, but it covers so much ground it does not attempt to be comprehensive. Isserman ... Read full review

AMERICA DIVIDED: The Civil War of the 1960s

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A thoroughly detailed, well-written history of the tumultuous recent past. Historians Isserman (Hamilton College; If I Had a Hammer, 1987) and Kazin (Georgetown Univ.; The Populist Persuasion) take a ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
1 Gathering of the Forces
7
2 Black Ordeal Black Freedom
23
3 The New Frontier of American Liberalism
47
4 Why Did the United States Fight in Vietnam?
67
5 1963
83
6 The Rise of the Great Society
103
7 1965
127
Bibliographical Essay
309
Notes
315
Index
345
B
346
D
347
E
348
G
349
I
350

8 The Making of a Youth Culture
147
9 The New Left
165
10 The Fall of the Great Society
187
11 The Conservative Revival
205
12 1968
221
The 60s Reformation
241
19691974
261
Winners and Losers
293
Critical Events During the Long 1960s
301
L
351
M
352
N
353
O
354
S
355
T
356
V
357
Y
358
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Maurice Isserman is the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of History at Hamilton College, and is the author of If I Had a Hammer: The Death of the Old Left and the Birth of the New Left. He lives in upstate New York.

Michael Kazin is Professor of History at Georgetown University, and is the author of The Populist Persuasion: An American History and Barons of Labor. He lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

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