HIST-325: 1960s America
The 1960s was a time of experimentation and turmoil as America witnessed the rise of an array of social movements. As various groups challenged long-standing beliefs and practices related to race relations, gender roles, sexuality, foreign policy, and the environment, others defended the status quo. The revolutionary era, however, was not contained within the ten year decade of the 1960s, but rather the era of the “long Sixties” spanned from the mid-1950s to the early 1970s. The changes that occurred during this period transformed the United States, and are still evident today from national politics and foreign policy to social norms and values to culture and fashion. Not all Americans welcomed these changes, and many actively opposed the departure from “normal” or “traditional” American values. Indeed, the ascendance of modern-day conservative politics emerged in part as a reaction to the changes ushered in by the 1960s. Through the use of historical scholarship, primary sources, and popular culture, this course will examine the revolutionary developments of the “long Sixties” and the conservative backlash that emerged from this era.