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1960s Decade in Photos: Love, Freedom, and Flower Power
     

1960s Decade in Photos: Love, Freedom, and Flower Power

by Jim Corrigan
 

The 1960s were an unsettling time. American soldiers battled in Vietnam. John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., and other inspiring leaders fell victim to assassins' bullets. A crisis over Soviet missiles pushed the world toward nuclear war. Yet the decade was also a time of triumph. The civil rights movement succeeded. The Beatles changed rock and roll forever.

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The 1960s were an unsettling time. American soldiers battled in Vietnam. John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., and other inspiring leaders fell victim to assassins' bullets. A crisis over Soviet missiles pushed the world toward nuclear war. Yet the decade was also a time of triumph. The civil rights movement succeeded. The Beatles changed rock and roll forever. Humans landed on the moon.

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Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
Characterizing a decade in one slim book involves making choices—Corrigan generally does quite well at selecting nineteen significant events or developments for each decade since 1900. Young history buffs get a look at politics, war, fashion, science, and technology in this "Amazing Decades in Photos" series; illustrated not only with photographs, some books make use of posters, cartoons, and newspaper pages as well. (The later decades are presented mainly in photographs.) In this book readers will encounter violence abroad from the Cold War to the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba and the ever-escalating Vietnam War. At home the new President, John F. Kennedy, averted nuclear war during the Cuban missile crisis. While the period was characterized by conflict over civil rights for African-Americans, readers learn about the rise of a rebellious "hippie" culture and growing protests against the War. On the positive side, Russians and Americans ventured into space, an American team landed on the moon, and the civil rights movement began to succeed. The arts are represented by two brilliant bands from Britain, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Americans were shocked by disturbing events: the assassinations of President Kennedy, then of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy, the Six-Day War in the Middle East, and the brutal crushing by the Soviets of the liberal "Prague Spring" in Europe. Looking forward from this fraught decade, Corrigan warns readers that the U.S. would suffer further blows to its prestige, entering a "more sober time of self-doubt." Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780766031357
Publisher:
Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/01/2010
Series:
Amazing Decades in Photos Series
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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