Debating the 1960s explores the decade through the controversies between radicals, liberals, and conservatives. The focus is on four main areas of contention: social welfare, civil rights, foreign relations, and social order. The book also examines the emergence of the New Left and the modern conservative movement. Combining analytical essays and historical documents, the book highlights the polarization of the era and assesses the enduring importance of the 1960s on contemporary American politics and society.
Michael W. Flamm is associate professor of history at Ohio Wesleyan University. He is a scholar of modern U.S. political history with a research focus on the 1960s. He is the author of Law and Order: Street Crime, Civil Unrest, and the Crisis of Liberalism in the 1960s. He is currently researching and writing a book on the Harlem Riot of July 1964 entitled In the Heat of the Summer. David Steigerwald is associate professor of history at Ohio State University and teaches at the university's Marion Campus. Among his books is The Sixties and the End of Modern America. He is now finishing a book on American intellectuals and the affluent society.
Part I: The Liberal-Radical Debates of the 1960s Chapter 1: Excerpts from "The Port Huron Statement" Chapter 2: "Radio and Television Report on Civil Rights" Chapter 3: "Remarks on Signing the Economic Opportunity Act" Chapter 4: "An Interracial Movement of the Poor?" Chapter 5: "Peace Without Conquest" Chapter 6: "Name the System!" Chapter 7: Excerpts from "Rights in the Conflict: Chicago's 7 Brutal Days" Part II: The Liberal-Conservative Debates of the 1960s Chapter 8: The Sharon Statement Chapter 9: Principles of the John Birch Society Chapter 10: Excerpts from John Kennedy's Commencement Address (American University) Chapter 11: Excerpts from Lyndon Johnson's Commencement Address (University of Michigan) Chapter 12: Excerpts from Barry Goldwater's Acceptance Speech (Republican Convention) Chapter 13: Excerpts from Ronald Reagan's "A Time for Choosing" Chapter 14: Excerpts from Richard Nixon's Acceptance Speech (Republican Convention)