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Who created it? Gaillard, Frye, 1946- author.
What's it called? A hard rain : America in the 1960s, our decade of hope, possibility, and innocence lost / Frye Gaillard.
Who published it? Montgomery, AL : NewSouth Books, [2018]
2018
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Location Call No. Status
 DOWNTOWN Nonfiction  973.9 Gai  AVAILABLE
What's it like? xvi, 687 pages ; 24 cm
Extra info! Includes bibliographical references (pages 626-665) and index.
What's in it? Part I: Possibilities. The movement ; The voices ; JFK ; The Pill and other changes ; Out with the old ; Reality check ; The wall ; Sixty-one dingers ; The words of change ; The rainbow sign ; Ole Miss ; The missiles and the making of JFK ; Setting the stage ; A line in the dust ; Murder and dreams ; Women's voices ; Birmingham and Dallas ; The Warren Commission -- Part II: Inspiration/loss. LBJ ; The British invasion ; Freedom summer ; Cynicism and free speech ; Landslide ; Keepers of the dream ; The blood of Malcolm ; Marches and martyrs ; Billy Graham speaks ; Vietnam ; Rebellion in California ; Grapes of wrath ; The sounds of music ; A nation at war ; RFK ; Black power ; Music in Alabama ; "In cold blood" ; "Is God dead?" ; "You have the right" ; "We are all Mississippians" ; Measures of progress ; Dispatches ; The road to Riverside ; Rockwell and the power of art ; "Burn, baby, burn" ; Long, hot summer of 1967 ; Summer of Love ; Joplin and Ronstadt ; Mr. Justice Marshall ; Jonathan Kozol and Mister Rogers ; The war at home ; A Philadelphia story ; The movies ; Dump Johnson ; The last campaigns ; Grief and rage ; Indiana ; "Is everybody okay?" ; The shadow of death ; Chicago ; A southern strategy ; The global sixties ; Earthrise -- Part III: The unfinished story. President Nixon ; After black power, women's liberation ; The specter of busing ; The burning river ; Stonewall ; Dylan, Woodstock, and Cash ; "One small step" ; Toward a bloody ending ; Homecoming ; Redemption.
What's it about? "Frye Gaillard has given us a deeply personal history, bringing his keen storyteller's eye to this pivotal time in American life. He explores the competing story arcs of tragedy and hope through the political and social movements of the times - civil rights, black power, women's liberation, the Vietnam War and the protests against it. But he also examines the cultural manifestations of change--music, literature, art, religion, and science--and so we meet not only the Brothers Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., and Malcolm X, but also Gloria Steinem, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Cash, Harper Lee, Mister Rogers, Rachel Carson, James Baldwin, Andy Warhol, Billy Graham, Thomas Merton, George Wallace, Richard Nixon, Angela Davis, Barry Goldwater, the Beatles, Bob Dylan, and the Berrigan Brothers. "There are many different ways to remember the sixties," Gaillard writes, "and this is mine. There was in these years the sense of a steady unfolding of time, as if history were on a forced march, and the changes spread to every corner of our lives. As future generations debate the meaning (and I seek to do some of that here), I hope to offer a sense of how it felt. I have tried provide within these pages one writer's reconstruction and remembrance of a transcendent era--one that, for better or worse, lives with us still."--Provided by publisher.
Gaillard explores the competing story arcs of tragedy and hope through the political and social movements of the 1960s: civil rights, black power, women's liberation, the Vietnam War and the protests against it. But he also examines the cultural manifestations of change: music, literature, art, religion, and science. As future generations debate the meaning of the decade, and influences still felt today, he provides his own reconstruction and remembrance of a transcendent era. -- adapted from publisher info
Helpful subjects! United States -- History -- 1961-1969.
Social change -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Popular culture -- United States -- 20th century.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1945-1989.
United States -- Social conditions -- 1945-
Civil rights movements -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Race relations -- History -- 20th century.
National characteristics, American -- History -- 20th century.
Nineteen sixties.
United States -- History -- 1961-1969.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1945-1989.
United States -- Social conditions -- 1945-
Other titles to try! America in the 1960s, our decade of hope, possibility, and innocence lost
Special numbers! 9781588383440 (hardcover ; alkaline paper)
158838344X (hardcover ; alkaline paper)
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