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The Sixties



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A compact account of the turbulent 1960s.   For courses on the sixties and 20th century U.S. history.   Terry Anderson tackles the question of why America experienced a full decade of tumult and change, the reverberations and consequences from which are still felt today.   Learning Goals Upon completing this book, readers should be able to: Explain why the 1960's still figure prominently in our consciousness. Identify why many citizens at that time felt change was not only necessary, but mandatory. Answer how the various ;movements ; that merged together during and after 1968 to form a ;sixties culture ; that advocated liberation and empowerment came to exist. Note: MySearchLab does not come automatically packaged with this text. To purchase MySearchLab at no extra charge, please visitwww.MySearchLab.comor use VP ISBN-10: 0205840124 or VP ISBN-13: 9780205840120.

Author Biography

Terry Anderson

Terry Anderson, a Vietnam veteran, has taught in Malaysia and Japan. He was a Fulbright professor in China and the Mary Ball Washington Professor of American History at University College, Dublin. He is the author of numerous articles on the 1960s and the Vietnam War, co-author of A Flying Tiger's Diary and author of United States, Great Britain, and the Cold War, 1944-1947; The Movement and the Sixties;  and The Pursuit of Fairness: A History of Affirmative Action. His other most recent book is Bush's Wars, forthcoming 2011.

Table of Contents



About the Author


Introduction: Cold War America: Seedbed of the 1960s  

Won the War, Lost the Peace

Searching for Subversives

Ike Takes Charge

Creeping Conformity

Happy Days

Seeds of Discontent

Rebels Without a Cause

Great Expectations


Chapter 1: The Years of Hope and Idealism, 1960-1963

The Torch Has Been Passed

Communism Abroad

Civil Rights at Home


Prodding JFK

“One Hell of a Gamble”





Chapter 2: The Pinnacle of Liberalism, 1964-1965  

The Rights Revolution

Johnson Liberalism

Freedom Summer

Sixties Generation

Tonkin Gulf and the 1964 Election

Launching the Great Society

LBJ Expands Civil Rights

LBJ Americanizes the Vietnam War

Great Society 


Chapter 3: Days of Decision, 1965-1967

“A Time Bomb of Black Rage”

“We’ll Lick Them”

Black Power!

Riots, Rebellion, and Responses

My Country, Right or Wrong?

Summer of Discontent

Summer of Love

“Vietnam Is Here”


Chapter 4: 1968

LBJ’s Decline and Fall

“I’ve Been to the Mountaintop”


Gene and Bobby

The Silent Majority

Chicago 1968

1968 Finale 


Chapter 5: From Counterculture to Sixties Culture

“There Must Be Some Way Out of Here”


Builders of the Dawn

Tribal Gatherings

Establishment’s Nightmare

“America Will Never Be the Same Again”


Chapter 6: Days of Discord, 1969-1970

Third-World Revolutionaries and Militants



'‘Enough!’ to War”

Green Power

Civil War


Chapter 7: The Climax and Demise of the Sixties 1970-1973

Sixties Culture

Strike for Equality


Vietnam: Fatal Wounds

Think Global: Act Local

 “Women in Revolt”


New Democrats versus Nixon



Legacies: The Decade of Tumult and Change





Foreign Policy



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