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After all these years : sixties ideals in a different world
Kessler, Lauren.
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First edition.
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New York, N.Y. : Thunder's Mouth Press ; St. Paul, MN : Distributed by Consortium Book Sales & Distribution, [1990]

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xiii, 209 pages ; 23 cm
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E846 .K45 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Fifty political activists of the 60s describe how they have integrated socially conscious ideals into their lives and careers.

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Booklist Review

While advertisers trivialize the more faddish aspects of the 1960s, the underlying beliefs in social justice and responsibility, peace, and respect for the Earth are alive and well. Using a "then and now" approach, Kessler traces the lives of 51 people who still practice the values they preached 20 years ago. The combination of oral history and essays establishes context and continuity. Interviewees include such notables as Angela Davis, Tom Hayden, Gloria Steinem, and Arlo Guthrie, as well as a civil rights attorney, a teacher, health-care coordinators, a Baptist minister, an investigative journalist, a psychiatric social worker, a screenwriter, and even the mayor of Eureka Springs, Arkansas. People are candid about the evolution of their expectations and the choices they've made and are proud of their convictions. Free of cliches and stereotypes, this is vital and affirmative social history. --Donna Seaman

Publisher's Weekly Review

Kessler's anecdotal evidence that some '60s activists have turned their values into socially and politically conscious lives is only mildly convincing and even less interesting. Each of four parts, including ``Right Livelihood'' and ``Counter/Culture,'' begins with a profile/interview of a celebrity activist (such as Angela Davis and Gloria Steinem) followed by a brief historical essay by Kessler and personal narratives from antiwar, civil rights and other activists. Journalist Kessler's ( The Dissident Press ) own notes are striking more for their air of nostalgia than their insight; the oral histories themselves are uninspiring. While several subjects, like the ex-hippie who became mayor of Eureka Springs, Ark., help make Kessler's case, her choice of others is baffling. One fellow, whose parents fled the Spanish Civil War, is actually smug about being ``politicized'': after all, his parents ``were pretty much illiterate immigrants.'' A daughter of two schoolteachers who had thought her parents' jobs were ``horrendous'' soon worked out her ideals for social change--by becoming a schoolteacher. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

In Beyond the Barricades ( LJ 9/15/89), sociologists Jack Whalen and Richard Flacks challenge the notion that most Sixties radicals eventually abandoned their youthful ideals and became politically and economically conservative. Kessler (journalism, Univ. of Oregon) takes a similar tack, arguing that the Sixties ethos lives on in the hearts of many maturing hippies, despite focus on its more superficial aspects by advertising and the popular media. Forty-one ``survivors,'' including four luminaries (Angela Davis, Tom Hayden, Gloria Steinem, and Arlo Guthrie), talk briefly about then and now, with emphasis on how they have kept the faith. No new ground is explored in this browsable oral history, but the book should find a welcome niche in larger libraries.--Kenneth F. Kister, Tampa, Fla. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.