Takin' it to the streets: a sixties reader

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Oxford University Press, 1995 - History - 636 pages
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Takin' It to the Streetsis a comprehensive collection of primary documents covering political, social and cultural aspects of the 1960's. Drawn from mainstream sources, little-known sixties periodicals, pamphlets and public speeches, this anthology brings together representative writings many of which have been unavailable for years or have never been reprinted, from the Port Huron Statement and Malcolm X's "The Ballot or the Bullet" to Richard Nixon's "If Mob Rule Takes Hold in the U.S." and Ronald Reagan's "Freedom versus Anarchy on Campus." Introductions and headnotes by the editors help highlight the importance of particular documents while relating them to each other and placing them within the broader context of the decade. While paying particular attention to civil rights, anti-war activity, Black power, the counter-culture, the women's and gay/lesbian struggles for recognition, the authors also take into account the conservative backlashes these sparked and thus present a balanced portrait of a tumultous era. Covering an extremely popular period of history,Takin' It to the Streetsstands out as a thorough and accessible collection of documents, an authoritative reader for a decade such as America had not seen before or experienced since.

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Alexander Bloom is A. Howard Meneely Professor of History at Wheaton College in Massachusetts. An expert on 20th century American intellectual and political history, he is the author of the widely acclaimed Prodigal Sons: The New York Intellectuals and Their World (OUP, 1986).

Wini Breines is a Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies at Northeastern University. Her most recent book is Young, White, and Miserable: Growing Up Female in the Fifties and The Great Refusal: Community and Organization in the New Left.

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