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

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xiv, 386 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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The 1960s was not just an era of civil rights, anti-war protest, women's liberation, hippies, marijuana, and rock festivals. The untold story of the 1960s is in fact about the New Right. For young conservatives the decade was about Barry Goldwater, Ayn Rand, an important war in the fight against communism, and Young Americans for Freedom (YAF). In A Generation Divided , Rebecca Klatch examines the generation that came into political consciousness during the 1960s, telling the story of both the New Right and the New Left, and including the voices of women as well as men. The result is a riveting narrative of an extraordinary decade, of how politics became central to the identities of a generation of people, and how changes in the political landscape of the 1980s and 1990s affected this identity.

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Rebecca E. Klatch is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, San Diego, and author of Women of the New Right (1987).

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After interviewing 74 former activists, Klatch compares the members of a New Left organization, Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), and a New Right group, Young Americans for Freedom (YAF), both of which were founded in 1960. Within YAF, Klatch distinguishes between a libertarian minority, who had much in common with SDS, and a traditionalist majority, who did not. Many of the leftists lived in poverty, got beaten up by police, and went to jail. When they got older, they went into education or social service; they often did not make much money, yet felt guilty about living too easily. The libertarians had similar experiences, except they did not feel bad about making money and living a good life. The traditionalists were the opposite of SDS. In YAF they worked in comfortable offices and faced no bodily hardship or harm. They supported the Vietnam war by staging demonstrations but not by joining the army. Eventually they went into politics and government, which they now largely control, except for some women who became full-time homemakers. All of them are doing well financially. Thus the traditionalists got the money and the power, leaving the leftists and the libertarians with nothing but a place in the history books. All levels. J. A. Hijiya; University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
1 The New Agep. 17
2 Backgroundsp. 37
3 The Making of an Activistp. 59
4 Traditionalists, Anarchists, and Radicalsp. 97
5 The Counterculture: Left Meets Rightp. 134
6 The Woman Questionp. 158
7 Paradise Lostp. 186
8 Picking up the Pieces: The 1970sp. 239
9 Adult Livesp. 280
Conclusionp. 331
Appendix A Archives and Primary Sourcesp. 335
Appendix B Names and Dates of Interviewsp. 337
Appendix C The Sharon Statementp. 341
Notesp. 343
Indexp. 371