Long Time Gone: Sixties America Then and Now

Paperback | April 15, 2001

EditorAlexander Bloom

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With remarkable speed, the Sixties have gone from lived history to mythology. They remain alive in our culture in a manner different from any previous era. At the dawn of a new century, we are still debating the issues that emerged during that decade, still living in the conscious aftermath ofits events and transformations. This collection looks back at the Sixties, attempting to understand the issues of the day on their own terms and to think about their meanings in today's world. Alexander Bloom has gathered ten original essays, each of which explores the gulf between history and myth regarding a centralcharacteristic of the Sixties. Topics covered include civil rights, the student movement and the New Left, the Vietnam War, the antiwar movement, gay rights, the counterculture, and the women's movement. Long Time Gone dispels myths about the Sixties and constructs an accurate vision of the past and an understanding of its impact on the modern world. It is an invaluable resource for anyone seeking deeper knowledge of this incredible decade and its continuing influence on American culture.

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With remarkable speed, the Sixties have gone from lived history to mythology. They remain alive in our culture in a manner different from any previous era. At the dawn of a new century, we are still debating the issues that emerged during that decade, still living in the conscious aftermath ofits events and transformations. This collec...

Alexander Bloom is Professor of History and American Studies at Wheaton College in Massachusetts. He is the author of Prodigal Sons: The New York Intellectuals and Their World (Oxford, 1986) and co-editor of "Takin' It to the Streets": A Sixties Reader (Oxford, 1995).
Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 5.79 × 8.9 × 1.3 inPublished:April 15, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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"It may be a 'long time gone,' but Americans are still living with the legacy of the 1960s. In this wonderful collection, we find the voices of some of the most noted participants, scholars and observers of this tumultuous era. At a time when right-wing politicians seek to discredit everythingand everyone associated with the Sixties, these thoughtful essays remind us what every American should know: that the nation is a better, more just, more open democracy as a result of the political struggles and personal sacrifices, as well as the cultural vitality, that took place during thosetumultuous years."-- Elaine Tyler May, University of Minnesota and author of Homeward Bound: American Families in the Cold War Era