The Movement and The Sixties

The Movement and The Sixties

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It began in 1960 with the Greensboro sit-ins. By 1973, when a few Native Americans rebelled at Wounded Knee and the U.S. Army came home from Vietnam, it was over. In between came Freedom Rides, Port Huron, the Mississippi Summer, Berkeley, Selma, Vietnam, the Summer of Love, Black Power, the Chicago Convention, hippies, Brown Power, and Women's Liberation-The Movement-in an era that became known as The Sixties. Why did millions of Americans become activists; why did they take to the streets? These are questions Terry Anderson explores in The Movement and The Sixties, a searching history of the social activism that defined a generation of young Americans and that called into question the very nature of "America." Drawing on interviews, "underground" manuscripts collected at campuses and archives throughout the nation, and many popular accounts, Anderson begins with Greensboro and reveals how one event built upon another and exploded into the kaleidoscope of activism by the early 1970s.
Civil rights, student power, and the crusade against the Vietnam War composed the first wave of the movement, and during and after the rip tides of 1968, the movement changed and expanded, flowing into new currents of counterculture, minority empowerment, and women's liberation. The parades of protesters, along with schocking events-from the Kennedy assassination to My Lai-encouraged other citizens to question their nation. Was America racist, imperialist, sexist? Unlike other books on this tumultuous decade, The Movement and The Sixties is neither a personal memoir, nor a treatise on New Left ideology, nor a chronicle of the so-called leaders of the movement. Instead, it is a national history, a compelling and fascinating account of a defining era that remains a significant part of our lives today.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 544 pages
  • 157.48 x 226.06 x 27.94mm | 793.78g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 16 pp halftones
  • 0195104579
  • 9780195104578
  • 1,378,242

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a very detailed and absorbing account * Socialist Review, November 1996 * "Anderson leaves no lunch counter unturned. It is all there, from Rosa Parks and the Summer of Love to bra burnings and the March on the Pentagon, complete with selected quotations from various songs of the era atop each chapter."-William McGurn, writing in The Wall Street Journal "A fascinating, extensively researched account of a time when the younger generation opened pop culture's Pandora's box, and an estranged segment of America took to the streets and said: 'We're mad as hell and we're not going to take it anymore.'...Dig it, man. It's a trip."-Fort Worth Star-Telegram This volume is a lively account of the turbulence experienced by American society after two decades of Cold War...While the whole book is compelling, chapter 6, entitled "Power and Liberation", is particularly incisive...a welcome addition to the literature of the period. Written with both passion and control. * The Historian * "Ably surveys a busy, complex era....This is a resonant book. Most of all, it recalls a not-so-distant past when Americans thought we could and should reform our society."-The Dallas Morning News "Perceptive....Anderson takes on all strands of the Movement."-Booklist (starred review) "For those already tested in the political fires of the '60s, [Anderson's] book is a reminder to keep alert and stay active. For a younger generation, he provides a concise and closely packed history that precedes the roil and boil of today's political activity."-The Seattle Times "Anderson's well-written, accessible history is much more than nostalgic reading for baby boomers, the great majority of whom sat on the sidelines during most of the decade while a minority acted. Neither is it a polemic in unquestioning defense of '60s activists. Instead, it attempts to understand the motives of 'the movement' and place its actions in the context of the times. In doing so, it provides a valuable counterpoint to the reductionist and revisionist views
now prevalent."-The Christian Science Monitor "A valuable, refreshingly unbiased reassessment of the '60s legacy." -Publishers Weekly "Hundreds of voices resound in this thoroughgoing analysis of '60s radicalism....A highly accessible survey that should be the standard for years to come."-Kirkus Reviews "A disturbing tale, well told in exhaustive detail....It is the merit of Terry Anderson's book that it captures the tone, as well as the events, of a decade in which America finally emerged from cold-war simplicities and began the painful discovery of itself."-The Economist Anderson has written a very detailed and absorbing account of these events..a detailed description of events, this is a useful book * Socialist Review * "A marvelous tour de force....Anderson's book is an indispensable tool for anyone trying to understand the perplexing range of movements during the 1960s. It should be on the bookshelf of every serious student of social activism."-Mary King, author of Freedom Song "A splendid study, exhaustively researched and engagingly written, and a useful-indeed essential-corrective to the new conventional wisdom about a tumultuous era."-George C. Herring, Professor of History, University of Kentucky "Terry Anderson has written the best book yet on the broad protest movement that dominated American life in the 1960s. Unlike earlier writers, who focus on elites or just one group, he offers a kaleidoscopic view that stresses the grass-roots involvement of American youth as they challenged both the politics and the values of their elders in a frontal assault on the established Cold War culture. It is a tour de force."-Robert A. Divine, George W. Littlefield
Professor in American History, University of Texas at Austin
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About Terry H. Anderson

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Terry Anderson, a Vietnam veteran, is a Professor of History at Texas A&M University, and also has taught in Malaysia, Japan, and has received a Fulbright to China. He has written many articles on the 1960s and on the Vietnam War, and is the author of The United States, Great Britain and the Cold War, 1944-1947, and the co-author of A Flying Tiger's Diary (with fighter pilot Charles Bond, Jr.).
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