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This collection looks back at the Sixties, attempting to understand the issues of the day on their own terms and to think about their meanings in today's world. Alexander Bloom has gathered ten original essays, each of which explores the gulf between history and myth regarding a central characteristic of the Sixties. Topics covered include civil rights, the student movement and the New Left, the Vietnam War, the antiwar movement, gay rights, the counterculture, and the women's movement.
Long Time Gone dispels myths about the Sixties and constructs an accurate vision of the past and an understanding of its impact on the modern world. It is an invaluable resource for anyone seeking deeper knowledge of this incredible decade and its continuing influence on American culture.
|Introduction: Why Read about the 1960s at the Turn of the Twenty-first Century?||3|
|The Movement We Helped to Make||11|
|"Of This Generation": The New Left and the Student Movement||23|
|Vietnam War Mythology and the Rise of Public Cynicism||47|
|Running Battle: Washington's War at Home||75|
|Lyndon Johnson and the Roots of Contemporary Conservatism||99|
|Negroes No More: The Emergence of Black Student Activism||123|
|Everything Seemed Beautiful: A Life in the Counterculture||145|
|Politics as Art, Art as Politics: The Freedom Singers, the Living Theatre, and Public Performance||159|
|Sources of the Second Wave: The Rebirth of Feminism||189|
|Placing Gay in the Sixties||209|