Modern day comparisons can be powerful inroads for social studies students, allowing them to draw on their knowledge of the present to broaden their understanding of the past. However, we must also be careful to keep the unique historical context of each era in mind.
Take the 1960s. While there’s an engaging discussions to be had by comparing this tumultuous decade of protest to our current times, students may not understand what it was really like to live as a draft-age college student during the Vietnam War, or as an African American facing racist backlash during the civil rights movement.
To give students an illuminating—and contextually accurate—look at the 1960s counterculture and the movements, organizations, and ideas that it inspired, view this excerpt from Greenwood’s Daily Life in the 1960s Counterculture, by Jim Willis!
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