Synopses & Reviews
Grasp the political, cultural, and social impact of the decade
Experience the hope and passion of the '60s
Nostalgic for the sixties? Looking to learn more? This information-packed guide takes you on a tour of the most memorable and significant events of this tumultuous decade. From the Vietnam War to the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. to the early days of the women's movement, you'll see how the many cultural changes continue to shape American life today.
- The different presidential administrations
- Key events of the civil rights movement
- Why the U.S. became involved in Vietnam
- How strong opinions divided the country
- The trends in music, fashion, and media
A look back on ten tumultuous years that changed the world -- the first in our new line of Dummies decade guides. From the assassinations of the Kennedys and Martin Luther King, Jr. to the Vietnam War to fads and fashions, music, the women's liberation movement and more.
* The trends in music, fashion, and media
About the Author
Brian Cassity is an assistant professor of history at Kapi’olani Community College who specializes in 20th-century history, specifically the Vietnam War.
Maxine Levaren: Maxine Levaren is a writer, a personal success coach, a passionate traveler, and a lifelong adventurer. Although she hates to admit it, she remembers the 1960s well, looks back on them with nostalgia, and views herself as an unrepentant hippie. She lives in San Diego with her two dogs, Senji and Bandit.
Table of Contents
Part I: Acting Presidential: Viewing the Decade from the Top.
Chapter 1: The Times They Are A-Changin’.
Chapter 2: Enter JFK: A New Era.
Chapter 3: LBJ and the Great Society.
Chapter 4: Richard Nixon: Cold War Warrior.
Part II: Marching toward Freedom: The Civil Rights Movement.
Chapter 5: Establishing a Firm Foundation.
Chapter 6: Sitting, Riding, and Marching for Freedom.
Chapter 7: Embracing Black Power.
Part III: Fighting for Peace: Vietnam and the Antiwar Movement.
Chapter 8: Welcome to Vietnam.
Chapter 9: Speaking Out against the War.
Chapter 10: Shifting the Burden: Leaving Vietnam.
Part IV: Starting a Revolution: Social Upheaval and Angst.
Chapter 11: Leaning to the Left.
Chapter 12: I Am Woman: From the Frying Pan into the Fire.
Chapter 13: Protesting for Equality and Pushing for Change.
Part V: Tuning In, Turning On, and Dropping Out: Transforming American Culture.
Chapter 14: Far Out: The Counterculture.
Chapter 15: A Long, Strange Trip: Music in the 1960s.
Chapter 16: Exploring Pop Culture.
Part VI: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 17: Ten Years of Hit Songs.
Chapter 18: Ten Movies to Take You Back in Time.
Chapter 19: Ten Things You Could Get for $1.
Appendix: Taking a Trip through Time.