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 of its 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 central characteristic 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.
"The most informative and inspirational collection of essays on the Sixties to date, Long Time Gone is as persuasive as it is provocative. Scholars and undergraduates alike will enjoy as they learn, and be touched as they encounter sparkling insights."--Harvard Sitkoff, University of New Hampshire
"Read This Book! Before you pick it up, you'll wonder if it is possible to say anything new about the 1960s. When you put it down, you'll marvel at the freshness and originality of what you have read--by scholars, journalists, and activists."--Daniel Horowitz, Smith College, and author of Betty Friedan and the Making of The Feminine Mystique
"A volume that faculty teaching undergraduate courses on the sixties would find valuable."--H-Net
"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 everything and 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 those tumultuous years."-- Elaine Tyler May, University of Minnesota and author
of Homeward Bound: American Families in the Cold War Era