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The sixties in America
Singleton, Carl.
Publication Information:
Pasadena, Calif. : Salem Press, [1999]

Physical Description:
3 volumes (907 pages) : illustrations ; 26 cm
v. 1. Albernathy, Ralph-Ginsberg, Allen -- v. 2. Giovanni, Nikki-SANE (National Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy) -- v. 3. School desegregation-Zappa, Frank.



Format :


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Home Location
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E841 .S55 1999 V.1 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating
E841 .S55 1999 V.2 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating
E841 .S55 1999 V.3 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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The set provides in-depth coverage of all aspects of the major events of the 1960s that give the decade its distinctive character. It features long overviews and short entries discussing people, books, films, plays, and other important topics representative of that era. Every entry focuses on the topic or person during the 1960s in order to explore what made the decade unique.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Here is a set covering, in 554 articles, the sweep of issues, events, culture, and individuals of a momentous decade. From shorter, focused entries to 3,000-word essays on topics such as the cold war, the arrangement, treatment, and scope of this set make it accessible for an audience of high-school level and up. There are recent single volumes on various aspects of this time period. The ABC-CLIO Companion to the 1960s Counterculture in America [RBB Mr 15 98] and Encyclopedia of American Activism: 1960 to the Present [RBB Mr 1 99] focus on certain aspects of the 1960s and do them justice. Topics such as the Black Panthers, hippies, and Allen Ginsberg can be found in all three titles; and the depth of treatment varies between each one. The Sixties in America covers more facets and people, as well as providing insight into some of the decade's more commonplace and less sensational aspects (branch banks, photocopying, surfing, Weight Watchers). Examples of other entries include Ali, Muhammad; Civil Rights Act of 1963; Dr. Strangelove; McLuhan, Marshall; miniskirts; Route 66; and Woodstock Festival. There are also entries on broader subjects, such as media, science and technology, and sports. More than 360 contributors help make the range of topics unique and broad based. Each entry begins with a summary sentence or two. Headnotes provide such information as birth and death dates (for individuals) and author or director and publication or release dates (for books, films, etc.). Most articles have at least one paragraph emphasizing the impact that the individual, event, or activity had on the U.S.; many also include a paragraph on post-1960s developments. There are brief descriptions of key sources and texts that the researcher might consult for additional information on each topic and extensive see also references. Appended features such as listings of major films and plays, legislation, best-selling books and recordings, and popular musicians; time lines; and statistics add value, as do the photographs placed throughout the text. A "Bibliography and Mediagraphy," a personage index, and a general index complete the set. Each volume has a comprehensive alphabetical list of entries, as well as a list of all entries by category. Fascination with the 1960s increases, and this set will assist any research on the topic. Recommended for high-school, public, and undergraduate libraries.

School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-Students researching this tumultuous period will find clearly presented entries that sketch the events, people, organizations, scientific advances, and popular culture of the sixties. The generally brief articles are alphabetically arranged and written chiefly by academic contributors. Each one begins with a brief summary that explains the significance of the event, person, film, etc., in the context of the cultural, social, and/or political climate. See-also references follow all entries. Well-chosen black-and-white photos enliven the text on nearly every other page. Valuable appendixes cover such topics as major legislation and important Supreme Court decisions and provide statistics and a time line of science and technology. An extensive, up-to-date bibliography and a mediagraphy listing electronic materials, videos, and Web sites conclude the set. Unfortunately, the appendixes are not indexed. American Decades, 1960-1969 (Gale, 1994) provides comparable coverage in one volume, but the bibliographies lack the variety of resources found here. Libraries experiencing a high demand for materials on this subject will find this set valuable.-Douglas Wooley, Brooklyn Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

A turbulent decade full of change, the 1960s have recently become fodder for researchers in virtually every discipline. Furthermore, today's students want to know what excited their parents in their youth. This latest reference title on this topic touches on every aspect of US society. Topics include events, musical groups, performers, authors, political groups, movies, and literature. Each concise entry has several sections that assess the impact of the topic, subsequent events, and additional information. Contributors are academics well versed in their fields. The set includes many photographs, tables, and other visual aids, yearly listings of major films, Broadway plays, most-watched television shows, major legislation, popular musicians, statistical tables, and a huge bibliography. Besides a general index, there are indexes by category and by persons. The best reference book about this decade, recommended for general and academic libraries. R. Dyson Kutztown University of Pennsylvania