And the Crooked Places Made Straight: The Struggle for Social Change in the 1960s (The American Moment)

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David Chalmers' widely acclaimed overview of the 1960s describes how the civil rights movement touched off a widening challenge to traditional values and arrangements. Chalmers recounts the judicial revolution that set national standards for race, politics, policing, and privacy. He examines the long, losing war on poverty and the struggle between the media and the government over the war in Vietnam. He follows feminism's "second wave" and the emergence of the environmental, consumer, and citizen action movements. And he explores the worlds of rock, sex, and drugs, and the entwining of the youth culture, the counterculture, and the American marketplace.

This newly revised edition covers the conservative counter-revolution and cultural wars. It carries the legacy of the 1960s forward: from Tom Hayden’s idealistic 1962 Port Huron Statement, through Newt Gingrich’s 1994 "Contract with America," and Grover Norquist’s 21st century "Tax Payer’s Protection Pledge."

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During the 1960s, David Chalmers was Fulbright Professor at the universities of Sri Lanka, Tokyo, and the Philippines, and lectured in Vietnam and Korea. He went to jail in St. Augustine with Martin Luther King Jr., wrote a history of the Ku Klux Klan, Hooded Americanism, and worked for President Johnson's National Commission on the Causes and Prevention of Violence. He is Distinguished Service Professor of History, Emeritus, at the University of Florida.

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The dominant interpretation of 1960s America is expressed in titles of two leading histories of the decade: William O'Neill's Coming Apart ( LJ 7/71) and Allen Matusow's The Unraveling of America ( LJ 12/1/83). Now a more sanguine assessment is offered by Chalmers, who places greater emphasis upon positive legacies such as an altered national consciousness regarding women, race, and poverty, and an increase in citizen action. Yet his book is not a celebration of the Sixties, and in fact is less an attempt at new interpretation than at synthesis. Essentially a survey, the book's strength is a long bibliographical essay and close attention throughout the text to key writings. It will be useful as an undergraduate resource. Because O'Neill and Matusow both achieve stronger narratives, their books remain better choices for most public libraries.
- Robert F. Nardini, North Chichester, N.H.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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