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America Dreaming: How Youth Changed America in the 60's

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Laban Hill, author of the acclaimed Harlem Stomp, is back with an in-depth exploration of America in the 1960's and the young people who built a new world around them and changed our society significantly.

Like Harlem Stomp, America Dreaming is an educational and visual look into a time of energy and influence. Covering subjects such as the civil rights movement, hippie culture, black nationalism, and the feminist movement, Hill paints a sprawling picture of life in the '60's ...

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Overview

Laban Hill, author of the acclaimed Harlem Stomp, is back with an in-depth exploration of America in the 1960's and the young people who built a new world around them and changed our society significantly.

Like Harlem Stomp, America Dreaming is an educational and visual look into a time of energy and influence. Covering subjects such as the civil rights movement, hippie culture, black nationalism, and the feminist movement, Hill paints a sprawling picture of life in the '60's and shows how teenagers were on the forefront of the societal changes that occurred during this grand decade.

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Steven Heller
America Dreaming, by Laban Carrick Hill, is…an accessible historical account that smartly begins with the simmering postwar '50s and explains the civil rights movement and various social rebellions that followed. Most useful for young readers, it examines the emergence of activist movements that fought for causes like the environment and gay, Native American and women's rights…an excellent textbook for the children and, probably, grandchildren of baby boomers who want to know what the youth culture of the time was all about.
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Hill follows up his Harlem Stomp (2004) with an equally ambitious (and lavishly laid out) social history of the Boomers' finest decade: "Wilder than Gen X, more activist than Gen Y, these youths changed their world like no other generation has before or since." Though rightly noting at the outset that the noisier members of that generation were never more than a minority, he constructs his central narrative around their exploits. He opens with chapters on the '50s and JFK, closing with the grassroots expansion of the environmental movement, but in between shows a pattern of growth and radicalization in the Civil Rights movement, in campus and hippie cultures, and in the efforts of women, Native Americans, Latinos and gays to define and assert their rights. Period photos and splashes of color add visual interest to every page, though used more as design than informational elements. Some minor errors have crept in (it's Maynard G. Krebs, not "Grebs"), and the author's claim that the SCLC's Project C was deliberately intended "to provoke segregationists into violent acts" is, to say the least, controversial. But in general he offers a coherent, big-picture view that will give young readers plenty of insight into the roots of their own cultures. (timeline, resource lists) (Nonfiction. 12-14)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316009041
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 11/1/2007
  • Pages: 176
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 1190L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.75 (w) x 11.25 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Laban Carrick Hill is the author of more than thirty books, including the 2004 National Book Award Finalist Harlem Stomp!, a book he researched for nearly a decade, and America Dreaming, which examines the legacy of the 1960s. He has taught writing at Columbia University, Baruch College, and St. Michael's College and is currently teaching at the Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Program at Pine Manor College in Massachusetts. He is also the cofounder and codirector of the Writers Project of Ghana, based in the US and Ghana.

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