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1959 : the year everything changed
Kaplan, Fred M.
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Publication Information:
Hoboken, N.J. : J. Wiley & Sons, [2009]

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xiii, 322 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Conventional historical wisdom focuses on the sixties as the era of pivotal change that swept the nation, yet, as Fred Kaplan argues, it was 1959 that ushered in the wave of tremendous cultural, political, and scientific shifts that would play out in the turbulent decade that followed. During this vital, overlooked period in American history, pop culture exploded, court rulings unshackled prevously banned books, civil rights laws and protests broadened political power, the birth control pill ushered in the sexual and feminist revolutions, America entered the war in Vietnam, the invention of the microchip launched the computer age, and the space race put a new twist on the frontier myth.
Breaking the chains -- A visitor from the East -- Philosopher of hip -- Generations howling -- Cosmonaut of inner space -- End of obscenity -- Sickniks -- Thinking about the unthinkable -- Race for space -- Toppling the tyranny of numbers -- Assault on the chord -- Revolutionary euphoria -- Breaking the logjam, hitting the wall -- Frontier's dark side -- New language of diplomacy -- Sparking the powder keg -- Civilization in the stars -- A great upward swoop of movement -- Blurring art and life -- Seeing the invisible -- Off-Hollywood movie -- Shape of jazz to come -- Dancing in the streets -- Andromeda freed from her chains -- New frontiers.
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