Daily Life in the 1960s Counterculture

by Jim Willis


No other decade in the 20th century saw as many social and cultural changes as the 1960s.

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August 2019


Pages 226
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics American History/Culture
  Popular Culture/General

This book looks at daily life during a pivotal decade in American history: the 1960s. It covers the Vietnam War and the civil rights movement as well as counterculture and protest movements.

The 1960s saw the assassination of a popular president; a confusing and unpopular war that claimed the lives of thousands of American combatants; the passage of a national civil rights act that mandated equal rights across all races; countless violent exchanges among Americans with polarized views on the Vietnam War and civil rights; and through it all, the rise of a counterculture movement that challenged long-established American social and cultural traditions.

Daily Life in the 1960s Counterculture looks at the 1960s from the perspective of Americans who, despite their best efforts to live normal lives, could not escape the tension, conflict, and controversy that surrounded them. The war and the violence associated with protests of it came at great personal cost to many American families. This book looks those social and cultural changes, examining such topics as the sexual revolution; recreational drug culture; the roles of film, television, and music; and more.


  • Explains how political issues became personal threats to millions of Americans in the 1960s
  • Recounts the birth of the 1960s civil rights movement in America
  • Shows the roles that 1960s film, television, and music played in the lives of Americans
  • Provides an understanding of the sexual revolution that began in the 1960s
  • Offers readers with a firsthand look at the ideas that spurred people to action in the 1960s through primary source selections
Series Description

Daily Life

What was life really like for ordinary people in other cultures throughout history? How did they raise their children? What did they do for fun? From sexual mores in ancient Egypt to resistance music in modern Latin America, and from the fashion sense of the Mongols to the importance of film in modern India, the world comes alive in the indispensable hands-on volumes of this award-winning series. A truly interdisciplinary resource, the Daily Life series covers arts; religion; food; literature; language; romance; rites of passage and coming of age; marriage customs; social and government structure; sickness and cures; warfare; sports and games; holidays; festivals; and more. With direct ties to the curriculum and supported by the most current research, these authoritative volumes are organized in an accessible narrative chapter format, and supplemented with photos, maps, and other ready-reference materials, Daily Life volumes are ideal sources for general readers and students of world history, United States history, social studies, anthropology, religion, literature, arts, and more.

Each volume provides:
• An exploration of complex eras in history on a level accessible to students and general readers
• Authoritative coverage stemming from the most current scholarship and recent discoveries
• A focus on social rather than political history in key curricular areas, providing an in-depth understanding of the nuts and bolts of daily life
• Interactive, exciting details such as recipes, sheet music, rules for games, song lyrics, and more
Author Info

Jim Willis, PhD, is professor emeritus of journalism at Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA. He is author of numerous books including Tweeting to Freedom (with Anthony Fellow), From Twitter to Tahrir Square (with Bala Musa), Daily Life Behind the Iron Curtain, 100 Media Moments That Changed America, and The Human Journalist.

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