1968; The Rise and Fall of the New American Revolution.

Author:Morris, Kristine
Position:Book review
 
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Robert C. Cottrell and Blaine T. Browne; 1968; Rowman & Littlefield (Nonfiction: History) 38.00 ISBN: 9781538107751

Byline: Kristine Morris

Robert C. Cottrell and Blaine T. Browne's book is a reminder that the year 1968 saw the United States on the brink of a revolution, one that was virtually apocalyptic in scope. Race riots led to torched American cities, and outrage and rebellion against the Vietnam War prompted student revolts on campuses across the land. Conspiracy trials were held in an attempt to halt the radical challenge to authority. Major political figures and other leaders were gunned down, with the images broadcast to a horrified population.

It was a time of extremes. Cottrell and Browne show how the events that shattered the belief in "US invincibility" unfolded against the backdrop of a great generational divide and global unrest, contrasted with the pull to nonviolence and peace, free love, and the rise of communal and back-to-the-land living, all topped off with a good dose of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll.

Remembered here, the sixties also saw the second wave of the feminist movement and its more radical...

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