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

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

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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195125153
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 05/03/2001
Series: Viewpoints on American Culture Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 5.80(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Sixties Timelinexi
Introduction: Why Read about the 1960s at the Turn of the Twenty-first Century?3
The Movement We Helped to Make11
"Of This Generation": The New Left and the Student Movement23
Vietnam War Mythology and the Rise of Public Cynicism47
Running Battle: Washington's War at Home75
Lyndon Johnson and the Roots of Contemporary Conservatism99
Negroes No More: The Emergence of Black Student Activism123
Everything Seemed Beautiful: A Life in the Counterculture145
Politics as Art, Art as Politics: The Freedom Singers, the Living Theatre, and Public Performance159
Sources of the Second Wave: The Rebirth of Feminism189
Placing Gay in the Sixties209

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