And the Crooked Places Made Straight: The Struggle for Social Change in the 1960s / Edition 2

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David Chalmers' widely acclaimed overview of the 1960s describes how the civil rights movement touched off a widening challenge to traditional values and arrangements. Chalmers recounts the judicial revolution that set national standards for race, politics, policing, and privacy. He examines the long, losing war on poverty and the struggle between the media and the government over the war in Vietnam. He follows feminism's "second wave" and the emergence of the environmental, consumer, and citizen action movements. And he explores the worlds of rock, sex, and drugs, and the entwining of the youth culture, the counterculture, and the American marketplace.

This newly revised edition carries the story into the angry 1990s, in which the shadow of Vietnam still hangs over national policy and the social ethic of the sixties is overshadowed by a conservative counterrevolution against taxes, social programs, and the powers of the national government.

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Editorial Reviews

Journal of Southern History

Chalmers accounts for much of the recent past in a short history that is both eloquent and full. This volume is without peer in focusing on the American sixties with evenhandedness.

Library Journal
The dominant interpretation of 1960s America is expressed in titles of two leading histories of the decade: William O'Neill's Coming Apart ( LJ 7/71) and Allen Matusow's The Unraveling of America ( LJ 12/1/83). Now a more sanguine assessment is offered by Chalmers, who places greater emphasis upon positive legacies such as an altered national consciousness regarding women, race, and poverty, and an increase in citizen action. Yet his book is not a celebration of the Sixties, and in fact is less an attempt at new interpretation than at synthesis. Essentially a survey, the book's strength is a long bibliographical essay and close attention throughout the text to key writings. It will be useful as an undergraduate resource. Because O'Neill and Matusow both achieve stronger narratives, their books remain better choices for most public libraries.-- Robert F. Nardini, North Chichester, N.H.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801853340
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/1996
  • Series: American Moment Series
  • Edition description: second edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

During the 1960s, David Chalmers was Fulbright Professor at the universities of Sri Lanka, Tokyo, and the Philippines, and lectured in Vietnam and Korea. He went to jail in St. Augustine with Martin Luther King Jr., wrote a history of the Ku Klux Klan, Hooded Americanism, and worked for President Johnson's National Violence commission. He is Distinguished Service Professor of History, Emeritus, at the University of Florida.

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Table of Contents

Editor's Foreword
1 Coming Out of the 1950s 1
2 Marching in the Streets 17
3 Through the Halls of Government 35
4 Poverty and Progress 55
5 Revolt on the Campus 68
6 The Counterculture 88
7 President's War, Media War 101
8 The Antiwar Movement 118
9 The End of Optimism 135
10 Toward the Liberation of Women 146
11 Legacies and Continuities 168
Bibliographical Essay 195
Index 223
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