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Kennedy and the Promise of the Sixties This book explores life in America during that brief promising period in the early sixties when John F Kennedy was the U S president Kennedy s optimism and charm helped to give promise to the times At

  • Title: Kennedy and the Promise of the Sixties
  • Author: William J. Rorabaugh
  • ISBN: 9780521816175
  • Page: 165
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Kennedy and the Promise of the Sixties By William J. Rorabaugh, This book explores life in America during that brief promising period in the early sixties when John F Kennedy was the U.S president Kennedy s optimism and charm helped to give promise to the times At the same time, Cold War frustrations in Cuba and Vietnam worried Americans, while the 1962 Missile Crisis narrowly avoided a nuclear disaster Early in the decade, the CiThis book explores life in America during that brief promising period in the early sixties when John F Kennedy was the U.S president Kennedy s optimism and charm helped to give promise to the times At the same time, Cold War frustrations in Cuba and Vietnam worried Americans, while the 1962 Missile Crisis narrowly avoided a nuclear disaster Early in the decade, the Civil Rights movement gained momentum through student sit ins and Freedom Rides Martin Luther King, Jr emerged as a powerful spokesman for non violent social change and gave his powerful I Have a Dream speech at the March on Washington in 1963 The Civil Rights movement proved to be the seedbed for many other movements in the decade The American family was also undergoing rapid change and Betty Friedan launched what became the Women s Movement in 1963 Culture, too, underwent transformation The Beat authors Jack Kerouac and Alan Ginsburg gained respectability, Joan Baez and Bob Dylan revived folk music, and Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol produced Pop Art Ginsberg, Aldous Huxley, Timothy Leary and Ken Kesey began to promote psychedelic drugs The Sixties was a decade of marked political, social, and cultural change Since 1976 W.J Rorabaugh has taught at the University of Washington in Seattle He is the author of The Alcoholic republic Oxford, 1979 , The Craft Apprentice Oxford, 1986 , and Berkeley at War The 1960s Oxford, 1989 Professor Rorabaugh has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Humanities Center, the Newberry Library, the Huntington Library, and the John F Kennedy Library He has served on editorial boards for the Journal of Early Republic and the History of Education Quarterly.

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    1 thought on “Kennedy and the Promise of the Sixties

    1. While written smartly enough, and offering a tolerable introduction to the major issues, themes, and events of the early 1960s, this book doesn t carry much weight for anyone with even moderate knowledge of the period It comes across with a degree of self importance which, I suppose, is fine if you re reading it as a cursory overview as to the feel of the early sixties Though it s good to be critical of even the most revered politicians from time to time, I found myself wanting to know , to have [...]

    2. This was an assigned text in my fall 2005 Post WWII America course It was somewhat useful, but felt like a pop history Not particularly academic.

    3. Well written, and easy to read However, I didn t get anything from it that was different from any previous books I ve read on JFK.

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