From Camelot to Kent State: The Sixties Experience in the Words of Those Who Lived it

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Oxford University Press, Jun 14, 2001 - History - 380 pages
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No decade in American history continues to fascinate us like the Sixties. No decade combines such hopeful idealism with such violence and disillusionment, or witnesses such profound political, cultural, and personal upheavals. And no decade benefits more from being seen through the eyes of those who experienced firsthand the shocks and revelations that still reverberate today. Newly revised and updated, with an expanded introduction, From Camelot to Kent State tells the story of ten of the most dramatic years in the life of America-and of fifty-nine men and women who lived through those years. In their own words, civil rights activists, soldiers who fought in Vietnam, anti-war protesters, student radicals, feminists, Peace Corps workers, and many others take us inside the major events and movements of the period. Far from a dispassionate history of the Sixties, these stories bristle with the tension and immediacy of lived experience. How did it feel to wake up into step out of a helicopter into a Vietnamese jungle; to ride south on a freedom bus, to march on the Pentagon; to take over a college administration building; to hear Jimi Hendrix play the national anthem at Woodstock; to attend the first consciousness-raising meetings for women at the Bread and Roses caf?? This captivating oral history will let you know. Included are first-hand accounts from both the famous-including Eldridge Cleaver, Abbie Hoffman, Philip Berrigan, and John Lewis-and the ordinary men and women who were swept up in major historical events, From Camelot to Kent State offers a uniquely valuable view of a decade that forever changed the history and consciousness of America.
 

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What motivated you to act the way you did in the Sixties? What did you actually do? What are your feelings now? The authors of this oral history asked these questions, and the edited responses "give ... Read full review

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Contents

Saving the World
7
Hand in Hand Together
21
The Distant Drummer
57
The War at Home
93
The Generation Gap
157
Four Women
171
The Counterculture
195
On the Campuses
223
The Yuppie and the Yippie
277
SDS Weathermen Black Panthers
295
Kent State
327
Chronology of the Sixties
339
Glossary
345
Index
347
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Page xix - We are not about to send American boys nine or ten thousand miles away from home to do what Asian boys ought to be doing for themselves (October 21) . The crowds cheered.
Page ix - As life is action and passion, it is required of a man that he should share the passion and action of his time, at the peril of being judged not to have lived.
Page ix - Come senators, congressmen please heed the call Don't stand in the doorway Don't block up the hall For he that gets hurt Will be he who has stalled There's a battle outside And it is ragin It'll soon shake your windows And rattle your walls For the times they are a-changin...
Page ix - Through our great good fortune, in our youth our hearts were touched with fire. It was given to us to learn at the outset that life is a profound and passionate thing.

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Joan Morrison has taught a course on the sixties at New School University for the past twelve years. She is also co-author of the award-winning oral history American Mosaic about immigrants to the United States. Robert K. Morrison is a public relations writer specializing in nonprofit institutions.

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