America in the 1960s

Overview

What were Americans doing in the 1960s? Dancing the Twist, listening to the Beatles, watching astronauts land on the moon, and much more. From civil rights to women's liberation, Americans also took a stand in the 1960s. They tried to stop the war in Vietnam, clean up government, and protect the environment. Even athletes made political protests.

The decade's newsmakers included President John F. Kennedy, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., feminist Betty Friedan, pop ...

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Overview

What were Americans doing in the 1960s? Dancing the Twist, listening to the Beatles, watching astronauts land on the moon, and much more. From civil rights to women's liberation, Americans also took a stand in the 1960s. They tried to stop the war in Vietnam, clean up government, and protect the environment. Even athletes made political protests.

The decade's newsmakers included President John F. Kennedy, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., feminist Betty Friedan, pop artist Andy Warhol, and boxer Muhammad Ali. They helped set the tone for a decade of change, rebellion, and excitement. From Black Power to flower power, from Motown to miniskirts, read about this fascinating decade from start to finish.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Myrna Dee Marler
Fifty years after the beginning of the 1960s, few young people realize what a decade of change that period of time represents. Almost every societal norm was questioned. Youth felt passionate about their rights to demonstrate and live differently from their parents. Flower Power, The Civil Rights Movement, the Vietnam War, the rebirth of women's liberation, the moon landing, Lyndon Johnson's Great Society, the advent of the Beatles, the development of the birth control pill, the cultural shift towards fast food, all took place during that tumultuous decade—all that and more. This book, similar in size and feel to the informational books Time Life used to publish, takes note of these changes and also covers trends in popular art and culture, sports, technological developments (including nuclear energy). It seems as if everything a researcher would want to know about the Sixties is at least mentioned, thus the book is a rich source of information for school reports and even just informational reading. The prose is smoothly written but without the raw anger and the sense of "anything is possible" that the Sixties embodied. Valuable for students being introduced to history and filled with colorful photographs. Reviewer: Myrna Dee Marler
School Library Journal
Gr 7-10–This well-written, appealing series provides glimpses into life in the United States during the 20th century. Chapters discuss the politics, science and technology, economy, social issues, literature and entertainment, sports, and music of the time and analyze how those factors affected this country's history. The texts are enlivened with quotes and excerpts from primary sources, period photos, and two sets of sidebars. “Profiles” provides biographical sketches of important people and “Turning Points” explains the significance of important events. Both the main texts and the sidebars offer extensive coverage of women and minority groups. A solid choice for readers and researchers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761334538
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/28/2008
  • Series: The Decades of Twentieth-Century America Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 144
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Edmund Lindop has written many books for young adults, including several books in The Decades of Twentieth-Century America series.

Margaret J. Goldstein was born in Detroit and graduated from the University of Michigan. She is an editor and author for young readers. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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