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The 1960s cultural revolution /
John C. McWilliams.
imprint
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2000.
description
xxxvii, 187 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0313299137 (alk. paper)
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imprint
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2000.
isbn
0313299137 (alk. paper)
catalogue key
4007401
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
John C. McWilliams is associate professor of history at Penn State University-DuBois
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2001-04-01:
This work follows the format of its predecessors in the series "Guides to Historic Events of the Twentieth Century," beginning with a chronology of significant events, followed by brief chapters giving a synthetic historical account of the topic, and concluding with a series of one-page biographical sketches on important personages. McWilliams focuses on the New Left, the antiwar movement, and the counterculture, giving a brief and selective historical account of each, debunking exaggerated assertions about the influence (whether beneficent or tragic) of each, and putting them in the context of larger forces shaping the period. McWilliams suggests that in each movement "members of the younger generation were the catalysts for sweeping social and political changes," even if those changes were not always what they anticipated. The baby boomer generation active in the movements "exposed social injustice and challenged authority," even if, in the long run, their revolutionary aspirations overshot themselves while their styles and fashions were co-opted by corporate capitalists. A solid and fair, if conventional, view of the period, useful as a reference text for collections serving general and undergraduate students. P. Harvey; University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
Reviews
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"If you were there when The Beatles rocked on "The Ed Sullivan Show," anti-war demonstrators and police clashed at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago and television correspondents reported from the steaming battlefields of Vietnam, McWilliams' book puts the 1960's in perspective....If, however, the decade of the Soaring 60's is just a chapter in history to you, then McWilliams fills in the nuances, adds the flavor, defines the players and brings to life a time that seemed out of step in America but inevitably and ultimately set the pace for what we have become today....McWilliams' book more than meets the criteria for a historical text, but it performs even better as a societal diary allowing readers to relive or share an era that was much too hot to be cool and much too frenetic to be forgotten."- Blanche Woolls & David Loertscher (GaleGroup.com)
'œOne of those books that should be purchased for the circulating collection as well as the reference shelves.'' Harrisburg Patriot News
"One of those books that should be purchased for the circulating collection as well as the reference shelves."- Harrisburg Patriot News
'œ...useful as a reference text for collections serving general and undergraduate students.'' Choice
"...useful as a reference text for collections serving general and undergraduate students."- Choice
'œWritten in an engaging, readable style....This is a fascinating and comprehensible book that succeeds in making sense of a tumultuous time in the political, social, and cultural development of America. A fine resource for reports and for interested readers.'' School Library Journal
"Written in an engaging, readable style....This is a fascinating and comprehensible book that succeeds in making sense of a tumultuous time in the political, social, and cultural development of America. A fine resource for reports and for interested readers."- School Library Journal
'œIf you were there when The Beatles rocked on "The Ed Sullivan Show," anti-war demonstrators and police clashed at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago and television correspondents reported from the steaming battlefields of Vietnam, McWilliams' book puts the 1960's in perspective....If, however, the decade of the Soaring 60's is just a chapter in history to you, then McWilliams fills in the nuances, adds the flavor, defines the players and brings to life a time that seemed out of step in America but inevitably and ultimately set the pace for what we have become today....McWilliams' book more than meets the criteria for a historical text, but it performs even better as a societal diary allowing readers to relive or share an era that was much too hot to be cool and much too frenetic to be forgotten.'' Blanche Woolls & David Loertscher (GaleGroup.com)
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Summaries
Long Description
Progressing at a dizzying, frenetic pace, the 1960s were synonymous with rebellion and conflict. No other decade in the 20th century was so tumultuous. This gripping and engagingly written guide to the forces that shaped the 1960s cultural revolution examines the New Left, the antiwar movement, and the counterculture. A narrative historical overview puts the decade in perspective. Essays follow on each of the above topics, and a concluding essay discusses the legacy of the era. The work also features a wealth of ready reference materiala comprehensive timeline of events in the 1960s, biographical profiles of key players, the text of important primary documents associated with the political, social and cultural rebellion, a glossary of terms, and a helpful annotated bibliography of print and nonprint materials suitable for students. The author, an expert in the social history of the era, examines the political activism, protests, music, and social conduct that made the 1960s such an extraordinary era. He also demonstrates that contrary to popular thinking, only a small minority of the baby boomers who came of age then were directly involved in student demonstrations, protests against the Vietnam War, or antisocial behavior that many Americans perceive as typical of the 1960s. Bringing to life the passion of the era are the texts of primary documents such as statements from the Students for a Democratic Society, speeches by leaders of the student protest movement and the Hippies, interviews, and responses from establishment politicians. The analytical essays, primary documents, and ready-reference material will help students to gain a deeper understanding of the period.
Bowker Data Service Summary
This guide to the forces that shaped the 1960s cultural revolution in the USA examines the New Left, the antiwar movement and the counterculture. A narrative historical overview puts the decade in perspective.
Long Description
Progressing at a dizzying, frenetic pace, the 1960s were synonymous with rebellion and conflict. No other decade in the 20th century was so tumultuous. This gripping and engagingly written guide to the forces that shaped the 1960s cultural revolution examines the New Left, the antiwar movement, and the counterculture. A narrative historical overview puts the decade in perspective. Essays follow on each of the above topics, and a concluding essay discusses the legacy of the era. The work also features a wealth of ready reference material--a comprehensive timeline of events in the 1960s, biographical profiles of key players, the text of important primary documents associated with the political, social and cultural rebellion, a glossary of terms, and a helpful annotated bibliography of print and nonprint materials suitable for students. The author, an expert in the social history of the era, examines the political activism, protests, music, and social conduct that made the 1960s such an extraordinary era. He also demonstrates that contrary to popular thinking, only a small minority of the "baby boomers" who came of age then were directly involved in student demonstrations, protests against the Vietnam War, or antisocial behavior that many Americans perceive as typical of the 1960s. Bringing to life the passion of the era are the texts of primary documents such as statements from the Students for a Democratic Society, speeches by leaders of the student protest movement and the Hippies, interviews, and responses from establishment politicians. The analytical essays, primary documents, and ready-reference material will help students to gain a deeper understanding of the period.
Table of Contents
Series Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Chronology of Eventsp. xvii
Historical Overviewp. 1
The New Left and the End of Consensusp. 27
Give Peace a Chance: The Antiwar Movementp. 47
Tune In, Turn On, Drop Out: The Counterculturep. 65
Legacy of the 1960s Cultural Revolutionp. 83
Biographies: The Personalities Behind the Cultural Revolutionp. 101
Primary Documents of the Cultural Revolutionp. 127
Glossary of Selected Termsp. 161
Annotated Bibliographyp. 165
Indexp. 175
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