A Cultural History of the Radical Sixties in the San Francisco Bay Area

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 7/21/2015
  • Publisher: Routledge

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The San Francisco Bay Area was a meeting point for radical politics and counterculture in the 1960s. But until now there has been little understanding of what made political culture in this area unique. This work explores the development of a regional culture of radicalism in the Bay Area, one that underpinned both political protest and the counterculture. Ashbolt argues that geography played a key role the development of radicalism in the region. His study makes an important contribution to the history of radical politics and offers a new way at looking at America in this period.

Table of Contents

The Culture Wars and the 1960s
The Bay Area as a Dissident Cultural Breeding Ground
Civil Rights, Free Speech, and the Consolidation of a Counter-space
SDS Goes West
The Haight-Ashbury Takes Off
The Contradictions of Cultural Radicalism
The Park, the Avenue and Everyday Life
The Culture and Politics of Revolution in One Region
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