Democracy's Children: The Young Rebels of the 1960s and the Power of Ideals / Edition 1

Democracy's Children: The Young Rebels of the 1960s and the Power of Ideals / Edition 1

by Edward K. Spann
     
 

ISBN-10: 0842051414

ISBN-13: 9780842051415

Pub. Date: 10/10/2003

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

They burned bras, draft cards, and even the American flag. In acts of civil disobedience, they defied the police, the military, and the government as they battled to change American society. But what drove a group of young Americans to democratic revolution in the tumultuous years of the 1960s, and what made them think they could win?

They were a generation

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Overview

They burned bras, draft cards, and even the American flag. In acts of civil disobedience, they defied the police, the military, and the government as they battled to change American society. But what drove a group of young Americans to democratic revolution in the tumultuous years of the 1960s, and what made them think they could win?

They were a generation brought up to expect fairness and equality. Born in the 1940s, a time of strong democratic idealism influenced by the political Left and the remnants of the New Deal, they grew up in families where parents treated their children as equals in a sort of mini-democracy. They attended progressive schools that stressed individuality and the importance of students. They were part of the Baby Boom, but a separate and discrete subsection who grew up in the idealistic decade from 1940 to 1950. They were Democracy's Children. In this new book, Edward K. Spann looks at the motivations and values of the young rebels of the 1960s. He links their fight for equality for African Americans, women, and other marginalized groups to the democratic values of their World War II-era parents.

Unlike other books which explore the revolutionary movements of the era, Democracy's Children: The Young Rebels of the 1960s looks at the individuals who comprised the movements. Spann provides a cultural portrait of who the rebels were, what they thought, what they did, and what became of them after they crossed that magical divide of age thirty. He gives due consideration to the wide spectrum of youth opinion from radical to conservative to apolitical.

Democracy's Children will fascinate readers with its colorful depictions of the individuals, events, and drama of the 1960s.

About the Author:
Edward K. Spann is professor emeritus of history at Indiana State University. He is the author of numerous books, including Gotham at War: New York City, 1860-1865 and Ideals and Politics: New York Intellectuals and Liberal Democracy, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780842051415
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
10/10/2003
Series:
Vietnam: America in the War Years Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
185
Product dimensions:
6.32(w) x 9.16(h) x 0.56(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Ch. 1Genesis1
Ch. 2Schooling in Changing Times15
Ch. 3Restless Youth23
Ch. 4Scaling the Ivied Walls33
Ch. 5In Diversity, Separation45
Ch. 6New Radicals, New Hopes59
Ch. 7Young America at War79
Ch. 8Counterculture101
Ch. 9Politics119
Ch. 10Change and Its Limits141
Ch. 11Coming Home157
Epilogue: Baby Bust and Beyond167
Bibliographical Essay173
Index179

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