The Abc-Clio Companion To The 1960s Counterculture In America

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The 1960s counterculture challenged the mainstream practices that dominated the 1950s, producing such groups as the hippies, Diggers, the National Organization for Women, and the American Indian Movement, all of which demanded societal change. The A–Z entries in this volume provide fascinating details on notable persons who stirred alternative ideas such as Betty Friedan, Abbie Hoffman, Andy Warhol, and Stokely Carmichael; events such as Woodstock, the Moratorium, and various be-ins; and new directions in music, art, clothing, and language.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This fine work, the first subject dictionary on the turbulent 1960s counterculture, fills a surprising gap in the reference literature of American social history. This work will serve students and scholars and the many people interested in the 1960s. Highly recommended for all libraries."


Library Journal

"The book captures the nuances of 60s counterculture so thoroughly that this reviewer could almost smell marijuana permeating the pages. Curious students will gravitate towards this reference book and I predict it will be one that is continually out of place from student use. Highly recommended."


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School Library Journal
Gr 7 UpCovering much more than just the hippies, this title offers an encyclopedic approach to the key issues of the 1960s, presenting information about the cultural and political protests, the forces that produced them, and their impact on society at large. Alphabetical entries are arranged in a two-column format with numerous black-and-white photos. A chronology dates from 1960 through March 1973 and the withdrawal of troops from Vietnam. Most entries are followed by cross-references. A 17-page bibliography includes Web-site addresses. Unfortunately, the coverage of civil rights issues is sketchy. Still, this is a good first-stop reference for beginning research on the 1960s with plenty of information to guide students to additional materials.Marsha S. Holden, Lincolnwood Public Library, IL
Defining counterculture as any cultural or political challenge to mainstream values and practices, Hamilton (history, Spring Hill College) presents some 4,000 alphabetically arranged and cross- referenced entries for people, musical groups, organizations, art, music, ideas, places, events, writers, and cultural phenomena related to 1960s counterculture. He briefly discusses the transition from the 1950s and the impact on the 1970s. Includes a chronology and numerous black-and-white photographs. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874368581
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/1/1997
  • Series: Clio Companions Series
  • Pages: 404
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.94 (d)

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