America in the Sixties--Right, Left, and Center: A Documentary History

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Unlike other works, America in the Sixties looks at the era from the perspective of new leftists, liberals, and conservatives, providing readers with the opportunity to see this seminal decade more fully and richly than they could before. It includes the manifestos of both the Students for a Democratic Society and the Young Americans for Freedom, the most prominent radical and conservative student groups of that era, as well as the words of prominent liberals and moderate Republicans, such as Hubert Humphrey and Dwight D. Eisenhower. In addition to selections by the well-known individuals of that era, such as Jerry Rubin and Tom Hayden, it contains pieces by figures often associated with other times, like the Reverend Billy Graham, Ronald Reagan, and Strom Thurmond. Seeking to immerse readers in the decade's key issues in a balanced manner, it includes President Johnson's, General William Westmoreland's, and the AFL-CIO's defense of the Vietnam War as well as Dr. Benjamin Spock's and Paul Potter's criticism of it.

The book covers the civil rights movement, Vietnam, the counterculture, and the women's movement. It looks at some of the 1960's most memorable moments, from the Cuban missile crisis and President Kennedy's assassination to the moon landing and the New York Mets' World Series victory in 1969. A statistical appendix, with data on the economy, the cost of consumer goods, trends in popular culture, and important legal developments, complements the documents.

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A fascinating collection of documents engaging readers in the variety and richness of American culture in the 1960s, with selections by New Leftists, liberals, and conservatives. These documents provide insights into the civil rights, women's, and antiwar movements and offer glimpses of both the tragic and triumphant moments of the period. Selections reflect the breadth of opinions and lifestyles that constituted sixties culture. Editorial headnotes introduce and tie together the documents. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313299360
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/11/1998
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 6.41 (w) x 9.51 (h) x 1.31 (d)

Meet the Author

PETER B. LEVY is Associate Professor of History and Political Science at York College, Pennsylvania.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Ch. 1 The 1950s: Happy Days and their Discontents 7
1.1 "People's Capitalism - What Makes It Work for You?" 8
1.2 People of Plenty: Economic Abundance and the American Character 9
1.3 "A Special Double Issue on the Good Life" 11
1.4 "Want Ads" 12
1.5 "Commencement Address" 15
1.6 "Press Conference on Sputnik and Little Rock" 17
1.7 "The Kitchen Debate" 19
1.8 "Presidential Debate: Opening Remarks" 23
1.9 "Fixed Entertainment ... Inter-racial Style" 26
1.10 "How Captain Hanrahan Made 'Howl' a Best-Seller" 28
1.11 "The National Purpose: Moral and Spiritual Cancer Found in Stress on Personal Comfort" 34
Ch. 2 The End of American Innocence 39
2.1 "From a Lunch-Counter Stool" 40
2.2 "Letter from a Mississippi Jail Cell" 42
2.3 "Port Huron Statement" 44
2.4 "The Sharon Statement" 46
2.5 "Testimony before the House Committee on Un-American Activities" 47
2.6 "Testimony before the Ribicoff Committee" 53
2.7 "Address to the Nation on the Missile Crisis" 57
2.8 Report of the President's Commission on the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy 61
2.9 "Address to Joint Session of the House and Senate" 68
Ch. 3 The Black Freedom Struggle 73
3.1 "Letter from a Birmingham City Jail" 74
3.2 "Address to Congress" 78
3.3 "Inaugural Address" 82
3.4 "Testimony before the Credentials Committee of the Democratic National Convention" 85
3.5 "Address to a Meeting in New York" 87
3.6 "Ten Point Program and Party Platform" 90
3.7 "Speech in Cambridge, Maryland" 92
3.8 National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders (Kerner Commission) Report 96
3.9 "Statement at Conference with Civil Rights and Community Leaders" 97
3.10 "Remarks on the Philadelphia Plan" 101
Ch. 4 The Great Society and its Critics 105
4.1 "Commencement Address - The Great Society" 106
4.2 "Testimony on Medicare" 109
4.3 "Speech on the First Anniversary of the War on Poverty" 113
4.4 "Televised Address - A Time for Choosing" 117
4.5 Engel v. Vitale 123
4.6 "Address on the Supreme Court Decision on Prayer in the Public Schools," 127
4.7 "An End to History" 131
Ch. 5 Vietnam 135
5.1 "The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution" 136
5.2 "Address at Johns Hopkins University - We Have Promises to Keep" 137
5.3 "We Must Name the System" 139
5.4 "The Whole Thing Was a Lie!" 144
5.5 "A Sick Society" 148
5.6 "Support of Viet Nam Policy" 152
5.7 "SDS Borders on Treason" 157
5.8 "Address to Joint Session of Congress" 158
5.9 "Who, What, When, Where, and Why: Report from Vietnam" 162
5.10 "His Last Message: A Call to Peace" 166
Ch. 6 American Culture at a Crossroads 167
6.1 "Show by the Beatles Is a Scream," "Rally Provides 8,000 Answers to Beatle Cries" 168
6.2 The Playboy Philosophy 170
6.3 Sex and the Single Girl 173
6.4 "Linda's Crusade" 177
6.5 "A Gathering of the Tribes" and "The Houseboat Summit" 179
6.6 Do It! Scenarios of the Revolution 183
6.7 "Nobody Knows My Name" 187
6.8 "Remarks on John Wayne, The Green Berets, and Hair" 193
Ch. 7 Women's Liberation and Other Movements 197
7.1 The Feminine Mystique 198
7.2 "Statement of Purpose" 202
7.3 "A King of Memo ... to a Number of Other Women in the Peace and Freedom Movements" 204
7.4 "No More Miss America!" 206
7.5 "Preface to New Edition," Our Bodies, Ourselves 208
7.6 "A Gay Manifesto" 213
7.7 "Letter from Delano" 218
7.8 "What's Wrong with 'Equal Rights' for Women?" 221
Ch. 8 Can the Center Hold? 229
8.1 "Speech - On the Death of Martin Luther King, Jr." 230
8.2 "Two, Three, Many Columbias" 231
8.3 "You Don't Need a Weatherman to Know Which Way the Wind Blows" 233
8.4 "Who Ripped Off the Park?" 239
8.5 "Rebellion Road Is Not the Oldsters' Road" 243
8.6 "Acceptance Speech at the Republican National Convention" 245
8.7 "Remarks to a Special Session of Congress" 252
8.8 Joy in Mudville 255
Ch. 9 Looking Backward 257
9.1 "Epilogue" 257
9.2 "Lefties for Reagan" 262
9.3 "The Sixties Are Dead: Long Live the Nineties" 266
9.4 "The Marines of '64" 270
9.5 "Congress Debates Designating Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., as a Legal Public Holiday" 272
9.6 "Levittown Memories" 277
9.7 "Woodstock Memories" 279
App The 1960s: A Statistical Profile 283
Table I The Economy 284
Table II Federal Expenditures 285
Table III Cost of Selected Goods and Services 286
Table IV Vital Statistics 287
Table V Presidential Elections 288
Table VI Party Strength in Congress 289
Table VII Justices of the Supreme Court 290
Table VIII Major Decisions of the Warren Court 291
Table IX Major Legislation Enacted During the 1960s 292
Table X Entertainment and Culture 293
Table XI Polls and People 296
Table XII Presidential Approval Rating 297
Suggested Readings 299
Index 305
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