New Left & Antiwar Movement



The following lists of books concentrate on the youth culture of the 1960s. This compromised the New Left and Students for a Democratic Society, The anti-war movement which was closley related to the SDS and New Left, and finally the counterculture movement which compromised of hippies, psychedlic drugs, as well as an affnity for protest aganist the war and the prevailing establishment in the country.

The New Left amd the Antiwar Movement

protestThe books included in this list discuss the New Left and the Antiwar-Movement during the 1960s. The books included in this list discuss the New Left and the Antiwar-Movement during the 1960s. The New Left was a political movement that actively advocated by demonstrations, protests and education efforts including sit-ins, radical changes in the prevailing social, political, and educational practices in the United States. Formed in 1959, out of the old left or socialist leanings, they frist focused on the civil rights movement, before focusing their efforts on actively objecting the war in Vietnam.

The New Left and the Students for a Democratic Society

The majority of the books have a sympathetic view of the New Left however, Collier and Horowitz’s book examine the New Left from a conservative perspective. Also included are books about feminism in relation to the New Left.

Berman, Paul. A Tale of Two Utopias: The Political Journey of the Generation of 1968. 1996.

Collier, Peter and David Horowitz. Destructive Generation: Second Thoughts About the ’60s. 1989.

Gitlin, Todd. Days of Hope, Days of Rage. 1987.

Gitlin, Todd. The whole world is watching; mass media in the making & unmaking of the New Left. Berkeley, CA : University of California Press, 2003, 1980.

Echols, Alice. Daring to be Bad: Radical Feminism in America, 1967-1975. 1989.

Evans, Sara. Personal politics; the roots of women’s liberation in the civil rights movement and the new left. New York : Vintage Books, 1980, 1979.

Isserman, Maurice. If I had a Hammer, the Death of the Old Left and the Birth of the New Left. Urbana : University of Illinois Press, 1993. 259 p.

Klatch, Rebecca E. A generation divided; the new left, the new right, and the 1960s.Berkeley, Calif. : University of California Press, 1999.

Lieberman, Robbie. Prairie power; voices of 1960s Midwestern student protest. Columbia : University of Missouri Press, 2004.

Miller, James. “Democracy Is in the Streets”: From Port Huron to the Siege of Chicago. 1987.

Monhollen, Rusty L. “This is America?” The Sixties in Lawrence, Kansas. 2002.

Farber, David. Chicago ’68. Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1988. 304 p.

Rossinow, Douglas C. The Politics of Authenticity: Liberalism, Christainity, and the New Left in America. 1998.

Unger, Irwin. The movement : a history of the American New Left, 1959-1972. Irwin Unger, with the assistance of Debi Unger. Lanham, MD : University Press of America, 1988, c1974.

Woods, Randall B. Vietnam and the American political tradition : the politics of dissent. Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2003. 324 p.

Young, Nigel. An infantile disorder?; the crisis and decline of the New Left. London : Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1977.


The Anti-War Movement

The books included in this list exmine the antiwar movement, which opposed the war in Vietnam. The books include overviews on the movement, protests by the SDS in universities and in Washington, D.C. among other cities, but also examine the war’s other objectors, the veterans. Many veterans opposed the war upon from retuning from its brutality, some of the books give their accounts.

Davis, James Kirkpatrick. Assault on the Left : the FBI and the sixties antiwar movement. Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 1997. 226 p.

DeBenedetti, Charles and Charles Chatfield. An American ordeal : the antiwar movement of the Vietnam era. 1st ed. Syracuse, N.Y. : Syracuse University Press, 1990. 495 p.

Fisher, Randall M. Rhetoric and American democracy : Black protest through Vietnam dissent. Lanham, MD : University Press of America, c1985. 303 p.

Foley, Michael S. Confronting the war machine : draft resistance during the Vietnam War. Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c2003. 449 p.

Garfinkle, Adam M. Telltale hearts : the origins and impact of the Vietnam antiwar movement. 1st ed. New York : St. Martin’s Press, 1995. 370 p.

Halstead, Fred. Out now! : A participant’s account of the American movement against the Vietnam War. 2nd ed. New York : Pathfinder, 1991. 759 p.

Heineman, Kenneth J. Campus wars : the peace movement at American state universities in the Vietnam era. New York : New York University Press, c1993. 348 p.

Hixson, Walter L. The Vietnam antiwar movement. Edited with introductions by Walter L. Hixson. New York : Garland Pub., 2000. p. cm.

Hunt, Andrew E. The turning : a history of Vietnam Veterans Against the War. New York : New York University Press, 1999. 259 p.

Hurwitz, Ken. Marching nowhere. 1st ed. New York, Norton, 1971. 216 p.

Jackson, Bruce. Disorderly conduct. Foreword by William M. Kunstler. Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c1992. 261 p.

Kerry, John. The new soldier, by John Kerry and Vietnam Veterans Against the War. Edited by David Thorne and George Butler. New York, Macmillan, 1971. 174 p.

Maraniss, David. They marched into sunlight : war and peace, Vietnam and America, October 1967 / David Maraniss. New York : Simon & Schuster, c2003. xvii, 572 p.,

Moser, Richard R. The new winter soldiers : GI and veteran dissent during the Vietnam era. New Brunswick, NJ : Rutgers University Press, 1996. 219 p

Robbins, Mary Susannah. Against the Vietnam War : writings by activists, Syracuse, NY : Syracuse University Press, 1999. 317 p.

Rossiter, Caleb S. The chimes of freedom flashing : a personal history of the Vietnam anti-war movement and the 1960’s. Washington, DC : TCA Press, c1996. 331 p.

Small, Melvin. Antiwarriors : the Vietnam war and the battle for America’s hearts and minds. Wilmington, Del. : Scholarly Resources, 2002. 183 p.

Small, Melvin. Johnson, Nixon, and the Doves. New Brunswick : Rutgers University Press, c1988. 319 p.

Small,Melvin and William D. Hoover, eds. Charles DeBenedetti Memorial Conference (1990 : Toledo, Ohio) Give peace a chance : exploring the Vietnam antiwar movement : essays from the Charles DeBenedetti Memorial Conference. with a foreword by George McGovern. 1st ed. Syracuse, N.Y. : Syracuse University Press, 1992. 300 p.

Swerdlow, Amy. Women Strike for Peace : traditional motherhood and radical politics in the 1960s. Chicago : University of Chicago Press, c1993. 310 p.

Wells, Tom. The war within : America’s battle over Vietnam. Foreword by Todd Gitlin. Berkeley, CA : University of California Press, c1994. xviii, 706 p.

Zaroulis, Nancy L. and Gerald Sullivan. Who spoke up? : American protest against the war in Vietnam, 1963-1975 1st Owl bk. ed. New York : Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, 1985, c1984. 460 p.

Youth Culture and Counterculture

The 1960s counterculture peaked in the late 1960s with ’67s Summer of Love and Woodstock in ’69. The movement included experimentation with psychedelic drugs particularly LSD, communal living, Asian religions, as well as experimental art and music. The major group associated with the counterculture was the hippies who concentrated mostly in San Francisco California. They embodied the counterculture revolution and lifestyle during the late 1960s.

The following books examine the youth culture during the 1960s including the counterculture. The books include overviews of ’60s culture, but some examine more closely specific aspects, including the culture and music of the ’60s, feminism, and hippies.

Allyn, David (David Smith). Make love, not war : the sexual revolution, an unfettered history. 1st ed. Boston, Mass : Little, Brown, c2000. 381 p.

Bailey, Beth L. Sex in the heartland. Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1999. 265 p.

Bodroghkozy, Aniko. Groove tube; sixies television and the youth rebellion. Durham : Duke University Press, 2001. Series: Console-ing passions

Boskin, Joseph and Rosenstone, Robert A. (comp). Seasons of rebellion; protest and radicalism in recent America. New York, Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1972 339 p.

Braunstein, Peter and Michael Willima Doyle, eds. Imagine Nation: The American Counterculture of the of the 1960s and ’70s. New York : Routledge, 2002. 398 p.

Bromell, Nicholas Knowles. Tomorrow never knows : rock and psychedelics in the 1960s. Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2000. 225 p.

Dickstein, Morris. Gates of Eden : American culture in the sixties. New York : Basic Books, c1977. 300 p

Farrell, James J. The spirit of the sixties : making postwar radicalism. New York : Routledge, 1997. 360 p.

Frank, Thomas. The conquest of cool : business culture, counterculture, and the rise of hip consumerism. Chicago : University of Chicago Press, c1997. 287 p.

Marcus, Greil. Mystery train : images of America in rock ‘n’ roll music. 4th rev. ed. New York, N.Y., U.S.A. : Plume, 1997. 320 p.

Guinness, Os. The dust of death : the Sixties counterculture and how it changed America forever. Wheaton, Ill. : Crossway Books, 1st Crossway Books ed., 1994, 1973. 409 p.

Kimball, Roger. The long march : how the cultural revolution of the 1960s changed America. San Francisco : Encounter Books, 2000. 326 p.

Lee, Martin A. and Bruce Shlain. Acid dreams : the complete social history of LSD : the CIA, the sixties, and beyond. introduction by Andrei Codrescu. Rev. Evergreen ed. New York : Grove Weidenfeld, 1992. 345 p.

Levy, Peter B. America in the sixties–right, left, and center : a documentary history. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1998. 316 p.

McConnell, William S., eds. Counterculture movement of the 1960’s. San Diego : Greenhaven Press, 2004.

McWilliams, John C. The 1960s cultural revolution. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2000. 187 p.

Perone, James E. The counterculture era. Westport, CT : Greenwood Press, 2004. Series: American history through music.

Rielly, Edward J. The 1960s. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2003. 285 p.

Rosziak, Theodore. The Making of a Counter Culture. 1969.

Schlesinger, Arthur Meier. Violence: America in the sixties. [New York] New American Library, 1968. 96 p.

Spann, Edward K. Democracy’s children : the young rebels of the 1960s and the power of ideals. Wilmington, Del. : SR Books, 2003. 185 p.

Spigel, Lynn. and Michael Curtin. The Revolution wasn’t televised : sixties television and social conflict. New York : Routledge, 1997. 361 p.

Stevens, Jay. Storming heaven : LSD and the American dream. 1st ed. New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, c1987. 396 p.

Tytell, John. Naked angels : the lives & literature of the Beat generation. New York : McGraw-Hill, c1976. 273 p.

Whitmer, Peter O. and Bruce VanWyngarden. Aquarius revisited : seven who created the sixties counterculture that changed America : William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Ken Kesey, Timothy Leary, Norman Mailer, Tom Robbins, Hunter S. Thompson. New York : Macmillan, 1987. 260 p.

Wright, Lawrence. In the new world : growing up with America, from the sixties to the eighties. New York : Vintage Books, 1st Vintage Books ed., 1989, (c)1987. 322 p.

Content c2004
The Sixties: A Journey Through Politics and Culture.
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