Cover image for 1964
Platt, Oliver, narrator.
Publication Information:
Arlington, VA : PBS, [2014]

Physical Description:
1 videodisc (approximately 120 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
It was the year of the Beatles and the Civil Rights Act; of the Gulf of Tonkin and Barry Goldwater's campaign for the presidency; the year that Americans learned smoking was bad for their health and Cassius Clay became Mohammed Ali; the year that cities across the country erupted in violence and Americans tried to make sense of the assassination of their president. Based on The Last Innocent Year: America in 1964, the film will follow some of the most prominent figures of the time.
General Note:
Based on The last innocent year: America in 1964 by Jon Margolis.

Originally produced an episode of the television program in 2014.
Birth of a new era -- The modern conservative movement -- The Beatles and Muhammad Ali -- The feminine mystique -- The great society -- Freedom summer -- The Republican National Convention -- The Harlem riots -- Finding the slain volunteers -- The Gulf of Tonkin resolution -- The free speech movement -- Johnson vs. Goldwater.
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Contained in (work): American experience (Television program)
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E846 .A1865 2014V Adult DVD Audio Visual

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Recalling 1964, a pivotal year in U.S. history. While the Beatles captured the imaginations of the nation's youth, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act, unveiled his vision of a "Great Society" and squared off against Barry Goldwater in the presidential election. Also covered: the murders of three Freedom Summer volunteers; and the influence of Betty Friedan's "The Feminine Mystique." Based in part on Jon Margolis' "The Last Innocent Year: America in 1964." ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 7 Up-Oliver Platt narrates this look at 1964, one of the most momentous years in an even more rollicking decade. Most Americans, still reeling from President Kennedy's assassination in late 1963, could not have imagined what was yet to come. The Beatles arrived in New York in February, beginning an American tour that delighted teenagers and mystified their parents. In Miami, the young singers crossed paths and posed for pictures with Cassius Clay before he surprisingly won the heavyweight boxing champion title and later changed his name to Muhammad Ali. President Johnson, wasting no time after taking office, began campaigning for the Civil Rights Act, announced the Great Society, and cruised to a landslide election in November. He seemed to have an unstoppable mandate for liberalism, but the growing conflict in Vietnam would soon derail his entire presidency. Historians, activists, and some minor players from the era offer their recollections and interpretations of events. This two-hour production is a bit long for showing in its entirety during class, but chapter titles allow teachers and other viewers to skip directly to any of the above events, and more. 1964 will find a useful place in most school and public libraries.-Bernie Morrissey, The Harker School, San Jose, CA (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.