sixties course recommendations

William J. Whitehurst (wjw5@MIDWAY.UCHICAGO.EDU)
Sat, 30 Nov 1996 23:08:41 -0500

Greetings All;

I am teaching a Continuing Education course on the "Sixties" winter
quarter, and I have a few questions I would like to post.
First: does anyone know of a good chronology of events from say 1960-1975
(at the latest) that I could use? The more detailed and inclusive the
Second: does anyone know of any article(s) on the concept of giving a
decade an "identity"? For instance, the "Roaring Twenties" seems to be
firmly ensconced, but the "Forties"?
Third: is anyone up to date on the literature on generational identities?
Could you recommend a good survey article/book on the subject?
Fourth: though I have already selected my two main texts-- Terry H.
Anderson, The Movement and the Sixties (Oxford, 1995) and Alexander Bloom
and Wini Breines, eds., "Takin' it to the streets": a Sixties Reader"
(Oxford, 1995)-- I would welcome other suggestions and/or comments on the
two I have selected. I am, not of course, entirely satisfied with either
text, but they are the best I've come across.
Finally: any suggestions, comments, etc., on teaching such a course. What
works, doesn't work, and so on. This is an adult continuing education
class, so I have to keep the material relatively accessible.
Thanks for any help, and enjoy the holidays.
William Whitehurst