The 1960s was a time of reform and revolution in America, brought on by individuals willing to challenge political, social, and cultural norms. Politics, Power, & Playboy explores the American mindset during this turbulent and transformative time in American history. Each chapter examines instances of Americans confronting power, whether it be public support for President John F. Kennedy, antiwar protests at Virginia universities, the sexual revolution, or the Black Power and Black is Beautiful movements. Altogether, these chapters will help readers appreciate the crucial events and movements of a decade that would deeply shape the course of American history.
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Table of Contents
The Battle for Political Predominance: The Development of the California Conservative and Liberal Identity
John F. Kennedy: A Man of the People
Red on the Horizon: The Cuban Missile Crisis and the 1963 Limited Test Ban Treaty
Atlanta's Model Cities Program: A Boondoggle, Farce, and Ultimate Failure
Comparing Rivals: Antiwar Protests at the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech
SNCC Identity: From Interracial Nonviolence to Black Power
The Color of Culture: The Black Power Movement and American Popular Culture
Black Is Beautiful: Mirroring the Media
Cosmopolitan and Playboy: Complicated Beauty Ideals and 1960s Feminism