New Left, New Right, And The Legacy Of The Sixties

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Paul Lyons closely examines two equally important movements of the early Sixties, the New Left and the New Right, both sides equally critical of existing society and both utopian in their visions, and describes the ways in which the historical reality of the Sixties has been dramatically distorted by popular political and social images. New Left, New Right, and the Legacy of the Sixties points to the oversimplification of this generation - not only were there those who served and those who protested, but those ...
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Overview

Paul Lyons closely examines two equally important movements of the early Sixties, the New Left and the New Right, both sides equally critical of existing society and both utopian in their visions, and describes the ways in which the historical reality of the Sixties has been dramatically distorted by popular political and social images. New Left, New Right, and the Legacy of the Sixties points to the oversimplification of this generation - not only were there those who served and those who protested, but those who did neither, "the silent majority," a group often overlooked but deeply affected. Examining the careers of such conservative figures as William F. Buckley, Jr., Barry Goldwater, and David Keene, Lyons demonstrates that while the New Left was rallying in the streets, the New Right was building a platform of its own, one that would enable the movement to take center stage by the Eighties with the election of Ronald Reagan. Lyons concludes that despite all of the progress initiated by the political momentum of the Sixties, we as Americans are still plagued by debates about issues like multiculturalism, Afrocentrism, and affirmative action, and in order to effectively address these issues today, we must acknowledge and accept the contributions made by both movements.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566394772
  • Publisher: Temple University Press
  • Publication date: 10/4/1996
  • Pages: 256

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1 The Sixties 1
2 How Did We Get to the Sixties? 31
3 New Left, New Right, New World 53
4 Vietnam: Silent-Majority Baby Boomers 73
5 Identity Politics: Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory 94
6 Another Sixties: The New Right 135
7 Yuppie: A Contemporary American Key Word 163
8 Clinton, Vietnam, and the Sixties 181
9 The Sixties: Legacy 192
Bibliography 223
Index 237
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