From Camelot to Kent State: The Sixties Experience in the Words of Those Who Lived it

Paperback | March 30, 2001

byJoan Morrison, Robert K. Morrison

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No decade in American history continues to fascinate us like the Sixties. No decade combines such hopeful idealism with such violence and disillusionment, or witnesses such profound political, cultural, and personal upheavals. And no decade benefits more from being seen through the eyes ofthose who experienced firsthand the shocks and revelations that still reverberate today. Newly revised and updated, with an expanded introduction, From Camelot to Kent State tells the story of ten of the most dramatic years in the life of America-and of fifty-nine men and women who lived through those years. In their own words, civil rights activists, soldiers who fought in Vietnam,anti-war protesters, student radicals, feminists, Peace Corps workers, and many others take us inside the major events and movements of the period. Far from a dispassionate history of the Sixties, these stories bristle with the tension and immediacy of lived experience. How did it feel to wake upinto step out of a helicopter into a Vietnamese jungle; to ride south on a freedom bus, to march on the Pentagon; to take over a college administration building; to hear Jimi Hendrix play the national anthem at Woodstock; to attend the first consciousness-raising meetings for women at the Bread andRoses cafe? This captivating oral history will let you know. Included are first-hand accounts from both the famous-including Eldridge Cleaver, Abbie Hoffman, Philip Berrigan, and John Lewis-and the ordinary men and women who were swept up in major historical events, From Camelot to Kent State offers a uniquely valuable view of a decade that foreverchanged the history and consciousness of America.

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No decade in American history continues to fascinate us like the Sixties. No decade combines such hopeful idealism with such violence and disillusionment, or witnesses such profound political, cultural, and personal upheavals. And no decade benefits more from being seen through the eyes ofthose who experienced firsthand the shocks and ...

Joan Morrison has taught a course on the sixties at New School University for the past twelve years. She is also co-author of the award-winning oral history American Mosaic about immigrants to the United States. Robert K. Morrison is a public relations writer specializing in nonprofit institutions.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 5.91 × 8.9 × 1.18 inPublished:March 30, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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"Tells it like it was...this book provides something very special...moving testimony...fascinating stories....The time comes alive for the reader as it did for the subjects. The memories are vivid, emotional, and they read that way."-Cleveland Plain Dealer