Encyclopedia of the Sixties
A Decade of Culture and Counterculture
by James S. Baugess and Abbe Allen DeBolt, Editors
December 2011, 871pp, 7x10
2 volumes, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-0-313-32944-9
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“The times, they are a-changin’,” Bob Dylan famously wrote, keying in on the concept that most accurately characterizes the 1960s. Change was everywhere—in politics, in music, and in the way people related to each other. It was the decade of the Beatles and J.F.K., of Vietnam and flower power and free love. It was quite simply a decade that changed America.

Comedian Robin Williams said that if you remember the '60s, you weren't there. This encyclopedia documents the people, places, movements, and culture of that memorable decade for those who lived it and those who came after.

Encyclopedia of the Sixties: A Decade of Culture and Counterculture surveys the 1960s from January 1960 to December 1969. Nearly 500 entries cover everything from the British television cult classic The Avengers to the Vietnam War and the civil rights movement. The two-volume work also includes biographies of artists, architects, authors, statesmen, military leaders, and cinematic stars, concentrating on what each individual accomplished during the 1960s, with brief postscripts of their lives beyond the period.

There was much more to the Sixties than flower power and LSD, and the entries in this encyclopedia were compiled with an eye to providing a balanced view of the decade. Thus, unlike works that emphasize only the radical and revolutionary aspects of the period to the exclusion of everything else, these volumes include the political and cultural Right, taking a more academic than nostalgic approach and helping to fill a gap in the popular understanding of the era.


  • Nearly 500 A–Z entries on the political, religious, artistic, and popular topics of the decade
  • A chronology of significant political and social events
  • 50 photographs and illustrations
  • Dozens of expert contributors from a variety of fields and academic disciplines
  • An extensive annotated bibliography
James S. Baugess is instructor in the Humanities Department at Columbus State Community College, Columbus, OH. His published works include contributions to Encyclopedia of the American Civil War; Chronology of World Slavery; Amazons to Fighter Pilots: A Biographical Dictionary of Military Women; Americans at War: A Biographical Dictionary of Americans on the Home Front; The Encyclopedia of Politics: The Left and the Right; and the Encyclopedia of Appalachia. He is a doctoral student at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY.

Abbe Allen DeBolt is instructor of history and political science in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Sandhills Community College, Pinehurst, NC. She has graduate degrees in political science and history from The Ohio State University and Ohio University. She has previously written for the Handbook to Life in America series; The Encyclopedia of World History; the Encyclopedia of U.S. Campaigns, Elections and Electoral Behavior; and the Day in History series published by Smithsonian Books.


"This set provides a balanced approach to the 1960s that is not always found in other similar resources. The articles are well-written and provide bibliographic sources, emphasizing the work's scholarly approach to the subject. This resource will help fill a gap in the literature and help students understand the era in a more balanced way that reflects more than the legends surrounding it. It will serve well as a supplement to other contemporary U.S. history sources in high school and academic libraries."—ARBA, January 1, 2013

"This encyclopedia will enhance students' understanding of this tumultuous decade. . . . Well-written and informative. . . . Highly recommended."—Choice, August 1, 2012

"Informative and user-friendly, this concise overview is good for initial inquiry for those just requiring a brief summary or as a starting point for further examination. Recommended for middle and high school libraries as well as public libraries."—Booklist, April 1, 2012

"This encyclopaedia delivers a wide range of information in a transparent way. . . . The Sixties are rightly seen as an important transitional period, and this work gives us a clear idea of the elements that made it up."—Reference Reviews, May 1, 2012
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