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

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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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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780766031357
  • Publisher: Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/1/2010
  • Series: Amazing Decades in Photos Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Welcome to the 1960s 5

U.S. Spy Plane Shot Down 8

JFK Is Elected President 10

First Human in Space 12

Bay of Pigs Invasion 14

U.S. Troops Go to Vietnam 17

The "Rat Pack" Entertains America 20

The Cuban Missile Crisis 23

JFK Is Assassinated 26

President's Assassin Is Murdered 28

The British Invasion of Rock Music 30

Civil Rights Movement Succeeds 32

Tragedy in the Space Race 34

Six-Day War Rocks the Middle East 37

Boxing Champ Fights Controversy 40

The Tet Offensive Shocks Americans 42

Famous Leaders Assassinated 44

Soviet Tanks Crush the Prague Spring 47

Here Come the Hippies 50

Humans Set Foot on the Moon 53

Looking Ahead 56

Chronology 58

Glossary 59

Further Reading 60

Internet Resources 61

Index 62

Picture Credits 64

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