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The eve of destruction : how 1965 transformed America

Author: James T Patterson
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, ©2012.
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In this book the author argues that 1965, not 1968, was the most transformative year of the 1960s, discussing attacks on civil rights demonstrators, increased African American militancy, the Watts riots, anti-war protests, and a growing national pessimism. 1965 marked the birth of the tumultuous era we now know as "The Sixties," when American society and culture underwent a major transformation. Turmoil erupted in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James T Patterson
ISBN: 9780465013586 0465013589
OCLC Number: 779876781
Description: xvi, 310 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Preface: 1965: Hinge for the sixties --
High expectations: America in late 1964 --
Gathering storms: Politics and Vietnam in late 1964 --
LBJ: Big man in a big hurry --
Out-Roosevelting Roosevelt: Johnson and the Great Society --
Bloody Sunday: Struggles for justice in Selma --
Fork in the road: Escalation in Vietnam --
"Maximum feasible participation": Complications on the domestic front --
A credibility gap --
"The times they are a-changin'": Technology, music, and fights for rights in mid-1965 --
Bombshell from Saigon --
Violence in the streets: Watts and the undermining of liberalism --
Eve of destruction: The rise of unease --
From crisis to crisis: The Great Society and the challenge of government --
America at the end of 1965 --
Epilogue: 1966 and the later sixties.
Responsibility: James T. Patterson.

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In this book the author argues that 1965, not 1968, was the most transformative year of the 1960s, discussing attacks on civil rights demonstrators, increased African American militancy, the Watts riots, anti-war protests, and a growing national pessimism. 1965 marked the birth of the tumultuous era we now know as "The Sixties," when American society and culture underwent a major transformation. Turmoil erupted in the American South early in the year, when police attacked civil rights demonstrators in Selma, Alabama. Many black leaders, outraged, began to lose faith in nonviolent and interracial strategies of protest. Meanwhile, the U.S. rushed into a deadly war in Vietnam, inciting rebelliousness at home. On August 11th, five days after Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act, racial violence exploded in the Watts area of Los Angeles. As the national mood darkened, the country became deeply divided. By the end of 1965, a conservative resurgence was beginning to redefine the political scene even as developments in popular music were enlivening the Left. In this book the author traces the events of this transformative year, showing how they dramatically reshaped the nation and reset the course of American life.

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