The 1960s Cultural Revolution / Edition 1

Hardcover (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from
Buy Used
Buy Used from
(Save 25%)
Item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging.
Condition: Used – Good details
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $8.74
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 84%)
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (10) from $8.74   
  • New (3) from $58.80   
  • Used (7) from $8.74   


Progressing at a dizzying, frenetic pace, the 1960s were synonymous with rebellion and conflict. No other decade in the 20th century was so tumultuous. This gripping and engagingly written guide to the forces that shaped the 1960s cultural revolution examines the New Left, the antiwar movement, and the counterculture. A narrative historical overview puts the decade in perspective. Essays follow on each of the above topics, and a concluding essay discusses the legacy of the era. The work also features a wealth of ready reference material—a comprehensive timeline of events in the 1960s, biographical profiles of key players, the text of important primary documents associated with the political, social and cultural rebellion, a glossary of terms, and a helpful annotated bibliography of print and nonprint materials suitable for students.

The author, an expert in the social history of the era, examines the political activism, protests, music, and social conduct that made the 1960s such an extraordinary era. He also demonstrates that contrary to popular thinking, only a small minority of the baby boomers who came of age then were directly involved in student demonstrations, protests against the Vietnam War, or antisocial behavior that many Americans perceive as typical of the 1960s. Bringing to life the passion of the era are the texts of primary documents such as statements from the Students for a Democratic Society, speeches by leaders of the student protest movement and the Hippies, interviews, and responses from establishment politicians. The analytical essays, primary documents, and ready-reference material will help students to gain a deeper understanding of the period.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-A comprehensive look at a complex period, written in an engaging, readable style. The changes and challenges that manifested themselves in the 1960s did not begin and end in a neat 10-year package, so this book actually runs through to 1975 and the end of the Vietnam War. McWilliams writes in the preface: "Seldom has an era been simultaneously exaggerated and oversimplified, reviled and revered. The sixties. History in motion. At warp speed. We may never be the same." What follows is a lengthy chronology and a historical overview that includes not only events, but also a discussion of "the temper of the times." The book has a lengthy chronology, a notable selection of primary documents, and an extensive annotated bibliography that includes videos and Web sites. Of particular usefulness is a unique chapter on the not-so-obvious makers of history, "The Personalities Behind the Cultural Revolution," which presents short entries on political activists, student leaders, and artists. This is a fascinating and comprehensible book that succeeds in making sense of a tumultuous time in the political, social, and cultural development of America. A fine resource for reports and for interested readers.-Jane Halsall, McHenry Public Library District, IL Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Contending that there was more to the 1960s than sex, drugs, and rock'n'roll, McWilliams (history, Pennsylvania State U.-DuBois) interprets the counterculture, the politics of the New Left and antiwar movement, the media's impact in shaping and reflecting these developments, and their legacy. Includes a chronology of events starting with the baby boom year of 1946, b&w photos, biographies of key personalities, an annotated list of 11 documents of the cultural revolution starting with , and a glossary of terms from to Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
Read More Show Less

Product Details

Meet the Author

JOHN C. McWILLIAMS is associate professor of history at Penn State University-DuBois. His special area of interest is American social-political history since World War II. He is author of The Protectors: Harry J. Anslinger and the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, 1930-1962 (1990) and is currently working on a history of corrections in Pennsylvania.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Series Foreword



Historical Overview

The New Life and the End of Consensus

Give Peace a Chance: The Antiwar Movement

Tune In, Turn On, Drop Out: The Counterculture

Legacy of the 1960s: Cultural Revolution

Biographies: The Persons Behind the 1960s Cultural Revolution

Primary Documents of the 1960s Cultural Revolution

Glossary of Selected Terms

Annotated Bibliography

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)