America in the Sixties

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In America in the Sixties, Greene goes beyond the clichTs and synthesizes thirty years of research, writing, and teaching on one of the most turbulent decades of the twentieth century. Greene sketches the well-known players of the periodûJohn F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and Betty Friedanûbringing each to life with subtle detail. He introduces the reader to lesser-known incidents of the decade and offers fresh and persuasive insights on many of its watershed events. Combining ...

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Overview

In America in the Sixties, Greene goes beyond the clichTs and synthesizes thirty years of research, writing, and teaching on one of the most turbulent decades of the twentieth century. Greene sketches the well-known players of the periodûJohn F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and Betty Friedanûbringing each to life with subtle detail. He introduces the reader to lesser-known incidents of the decade and offers fresh and persuasive insights on many of its watershed events. Combining an engrossing narrative with intelligent analysis, America in the Sixties enriches our understanding of that pivotal era.

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With a vexingly complicated start steeped in presidential history that lauds Eisenhower and dispels the "Kennedy Myth," Greene steamrollers into a fastidiously detailed but brisk names-and-places timeline of the Civil Rights movement, with the occasional fly-on-the-wall observation helping to break the monotony. Some of his historical discussions read like thinly-veiled commentary on current problem-solving, however, and he takes too long to break free of standard textbook content. Knowing his target audience, Greene finally takes a hard left to deliver on the his promise (a "readable, concise, and scholarly" approach "that attempts to meet the needs of both student and instructor alike"), providing a page-turning narrative of student unrest, feminism, constitutional rights, and the Vietnam War, interwoven with analyses of class stratification, emerging social ideology, and the shifting media culture. Bob Dylan's "Subterranean Homesick Blues" nearly whispers into the readers' ears. But after exposing Nixon's dirty underbelly and paying a clichéd homage to pop culture, Greene abruptly wraps things up. And several topics that are now critical (the environment, education, immigration) are here only modestly grazed.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815632764
  • Publisher: Syracuse University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2010
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword

Preface John Robert Greene Greene, John Robert

1 Comfort and Crisis The 1950's John Robert Greene Greene, John Robert 1

2 "The Torch Has Been Passed to a New Generation" The Myths of John F. Kennedy John Robert Greene Greene, John Robert 20

3 "We Shall Overcome" Civil Rights in the South, 1960-1965 John Robert Greene Greene, John Robert 40

4 "We'll Have the Opportunity to Move Upward" The Great Society of Lyndon B. Johnson John Robert Greene Greene, John Robert 63

5 "As American as Cherry Pie" Civil Rights, 1965-1969 John Robert Greene Greene, John Robert 81

6 "Bodies upon the Gears" The New Left and the New Feminism John Robert Greene Greene, John Robert 97

7 "Waist Deep in the Big Muddy" Vietnam, 1960-1967 John Robert Greene Greene, John Robert 118

8 "What It Is Ain't Exactly Clear" Sixties Culture, Straight and Counter John Robert Greene Greene, John Robert 137

9 The Limits of Power To Reform the Sixties John Robert Greene Greene, John Robert 160

Index John Robert Greene Greene, John Robert 183

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  • Posted November 11, 2010

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    Highly Recommended For Anyone Interested In The 60s

    America in the Sixties is part of the America in the Twentieth Century series. This book was written for use as a college textbook, however it could easily be read and enjoyed by any adult with an interest in this decade, regardless of age or education. Greene covers this turbulent era largely from a political perspective. He offers us a fairly in-depth look at the presidents, the racial wars and civil rights movement, the various student movements, the women's liberation movement, and the start of the gay rights movement. He also touches on the social effects of all this, as well as how television, movies and music evolved during the decade.

    This is not your typical dry, college textbook. Greene does not offer us an array of dates and dull facts to memorize. Nor does he feed us information we've been saturated with over the years. Instead, Greene offers a fresh look at perhaps the most meaningful decade of the twentieth century and he does so with a writing style that manages to entertain as well as educate.

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