A bold reinterpretation of the Sixties' legacy
The World the Sixties Made
Politics and Culture in Recent America
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edited by Van Gosse and Richard Moser
How can we make sense of the fact that after decades of right-wing political mobilizing the major social changes wrought by the Sixties are more than ever part of American life? The World the Sixties Made, the first academic collection to treat the last quarter of the twentieth century as a distinct period of U.S. history, rebuts popular accounts that emphasize a conservative ascendancy.
The essays in this volume survey a vast historical terrain to tease out the meaning of the not-so-long ago. They trace the ways in which recent U.S. culture and politics continue to be shaped by the legacy of the New Left's social movements, from feminism to gay liberation to black power. Together these essays demonstrate that the America that emerged in the 1970s was a nation profoundly, even radically democratized.
"The continued relevance of the left of the 1960s is a major challenge to almost any contemporary understanding of that tumultuous decade. This is a very inventive contribution, arguing that the left remains far more important than often claimed. There is a lot of new and intriguing research here. It's a book well worth reading."
"In this historical moment, when the forces of reason seem so strong, The World the Sixties Made reminds us just how much the radical movements of the 1960s and 1970s accomplishedand that the future is not closed."
"[T]he essays do a fine job of balancing the broad historical narrative with the detailed studies of disparate subjects.... It marks a provocative starting point of the historiography of recent America [and] provide a basis for contentious debate."
Introduction I: Postmodern America: A New Democratic Order in the Second Gilded Age Van Gosse
Van Gosse is Assistant Professor of History at Franklin and Marshall College; he is the author of Where the Boys Are: Cuba, Cold War America and the Making of a New Left.
Richard Moser is a National Field Representative of the American Association of University Professors and the author of The New Winter Soldiers: GI and Veteran Dissent During the Vietnam Era.
Contributors: Christopher Capozzola, Anne Enke, Jeffrey Escoffier, Sara Evans, Andrew Feffer, Eliot Katz, Kitty Krupat, James Livingston, Tina Loo and Carolyn Strange, Andrew Schroeder, Natasha Zaretsky, and the editors.
In the series
Critical Perspectives on the Past, edited by Susan Porter Benson, Stephen Brier, and Roy Rosenzweig, is concerned with the traditional and nontraditional ways in which historical ideas are formed. In its attentiveness to issues of race, class, and gender and to the role of human agency in shaping events, the series is as critical of traditional historical method as content. Emphasizing that history is itself an interpretation of material events, the series demonstrates that the historian's choices of subject, narrative technique, and documentation are politically as well as intellectually constructed.