Long Time Gone: Sixties America Then and Now / Edition 1

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Overview

With remarkable speed, the Sixties have gone from lived history to mythology. They remain alive in our culture in a manner different from any previous era. At the dawn of a new century, we are still debating the issues that emerged during that decade, still living in the conscious aftermath of its events and transformations.

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195125153
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 5/3/2001
  • Series: Viewpoints on American Culture Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 5.80 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Alexander Bloom is Professor of History and American Studies at Wheaton College in Massachusetts. He is the author of Prodigal Sons: The New York Intellectuals and Their World (Oxford, 1986) and co-editor of "Takin' It to the Streets": A Sixties Reader (Oxford, 1995).

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Table of Contents

Sixties Timeline xi
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
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