This grassroots view of student activism in the 1960s chronicles the years of protest at one Midwestern university. Located in a region of farmland, conservative politics, and traditional family values, Indiana University was home to the antiwar protestors, civil rights activists, members of the counterculture, and feminists who helped change the heart of Middle America. Its students made their voices heard on issues from such local matters as dorm curfews and self-governance to national issues of racism, sexism, and the Vietnam War. Their recognition that the personal was the political would change them forever. The protest movement they helped shape would reach into the heartland in ways that would redefine higher education, politics, and cultural values. Based on research in primary sources, interviews, and FBI files, Dissent in the Heartland reveals the Midwestern pulse of the Sixties, beating firmly, far from the elite schools and urban centers of the East and West. ALSO OF INTERESTRioting in America Paul A. Gilje Interdisciplinary Studies in History 0-253-32988-4 HB £30.50 0-253-21262-6 PB £11.50
Mary Ann Wynkoop is Associate Director, American Studies, and Assistant Professor, Department of History, at the University of Missouri--Kansas City.
Introduction; Prologue 1. The Dawn of Dissent 2. The Awakening of Activism 3. The Antiwar Movement 4. A Precarious Peace 5. Student Rights/Civil Rights: African Americans and the Struggle for Racial Justice 6. The Women's Movement: An Idea Whose Time Had Come 7. Bloomington and the Counterculture in Southern Indiana Epilogue: The End of an Era at Indiana University Conclusion Acknowledgments; Bibliography; Index