Americas Uncivil Wars: The Sixties Era from Elvis to the Fall of Richard Nixon

Paperback | August 30, 2006

byMark Hamilton LytleAs told byMark Lytle

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In contrast with most histories of this period, America's Uncivil Wars: The Sixties Era from Elvis to the Fall of Richard Nixon does not treat the 1960s as a single historical moment or as successive waves of activism. Rather, it employs a chronological narrative to identify three distinctphases during which events of the era unfolded. The first began with the cultural ferment of the 1950s and ended with the assassination of John F. Kennedy. During the second phase, from 1964-1968, the "uncivil" wars began in earnest: Americans disagreed about new social and cultural mores, protestsagainst the Vietnam War increased in size and vehemence, and American cities erupted in racial violence. From 1967 through 1968, all of these forces combined to divide Americans more deeply than they had been since the Civil War. In the third phase, Richard Nixon promised to bring Americanstogether. However, a host of new value and identity movements--environmentalists, consumer advocates, feminists, gay, Latino, and Native American activists--frustrated his design. Only after the Watergate scandals forced this polarizing figure from office did a measure of civility return to thenation's public discourse. America's Uncivil Wars captures the broad sweep of this tumultuous era, analyzing both the cultural and political influences on the movements of the 1960s. Paying particular attention to Latinos, Native Americans, feminism, and gay liberation, it integrates the politics of gender and race into thecentral political narrative. The book also covers such topics as McCarthyism; the FBI; rock and roll; teen culture in the 1950s; the origins of SDS, SNCC, and YAF; and the environmental and consumer movements. With its engaging narrative style and broad cultural emphasis, America's Uncivil Warsbrings a fresh approach to our understanding of not only the 1960s but also U.S. history since 1945.

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In contrast with most histories of this period, America's Uncivil Wars: The Sixties Era from Elvis to the Fall of Richard Nixon does not treat the 1960s as a single historical moment or as successive waves of activism. Rather, it employs a chronological narrative to identify three distinctphases during which events of the era unfolded....

Mark Hamilton Lytle is at Bard College.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 5.98 × 9.09 × 1.42 inPublished:August 30, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceIntroductionPART ONE: The Era of Consensus, 1954-631. The Consensus2. The Cultural Cold War3. Cracks in the Consensus4. The New Generation5. The Cold War on the New Frontier6. The Second Civil WarPART TWO: The Sixties, 1964-687. 1964: Welcome to the 1960s8. Teach-in, Strike Out: The Uncivil Wars Heat Up9. The Great Freak Forward10. A Very Bad Year Begins11. A Bad Year Gets Worse: The Domestic War FrontPART THREE: The Rise of Essentialist Politics and the Fall of Richard Nixon, 1969-7412. The Rise of Gender and Identity Politics13. Identities of Race and Ethnicity14. Taking on the System15. The Uncivil Wars: Woodstock to Kent State16. Watergate: The Last BattleEpilogue: Who Won?Notes on SourcesIndex

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"This book is pure narrative history. It moves forward relentlessly, omnivorously, in torrents of precise and well-paced prose. It should be viewed, primarily, as a newsreel, a Bayeaux Tapestry, a mural in some palace of memory. The fundamental success of this book is Lytle's ability to zeroin on the significant events, to place them in their proper context, and to tell his story as vividly as possible."--Kevin Starr, University of Southern California