Twenty-first century Americans routinely use the 1960s as a metaphor, a sort of convenient shorthand, for the cultural wars—that continuous clash over differing values, beliefs, attitudes, and lifestyles—still bitterly polarizing the nation. Therefore, understanding the 1960s cultural revolution is critical to understanding ourselves. What this book contributes to that conversation is needed historical perspective with evidence-based primary source analysis.
Ten chapters shed light on ordinarily overlooked aspects of the period, challenge stubborn misconceptions, and explore the enduring legacy of the 1960s. Primary source material—both written and visual—is drawn from archival holdings, newspapers, published proceedings, oral histories, and memoirs in order to present a balanced, accessible examination of mistaken beliefs and the historical truths.
- Features 10 chapters, arranged topically and chronologically, covering 10 misconceptions related to the 1960s cultural revolution
- Highlights source material drawn from archival holdings, newspapers, published proceedings, oral histories, and memoirs
- Includes photographs that make the material accessible across a wide range of grade levels
- Explores how the 1960s cultural revolution continues to influence America in such examples as LGBTQ Pride, Black Lives Matter, Me Too, environmentalism, disability rights, and modern conservatism