Sixties Chronology, 1960-1975

Thu, 26 Dec 1996 00:03:57 -0500


Subject: Re: sixties course recommendations

A belated response to William Whitehurst's inquiries.

>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

Don't think you've gotten an answer to this one, yet. I have a fairly lengthy
chronology (year-by-year, though not by specific dates) from 1960 though 1970
in my book (The Sixties Experience: Hard Lessons about Modern America -Temple
U. Press, 1992).

>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.

I like Bloom and Breines very much --used for the first time last year, in
conjunction with my own book (which is different from Terry Anderson's more
chronological run-through in (a) being organized around and
from-the-perspective of distinct movements & their experiences and (b) being
more analytical and interpretive from a theoretical perspective (democracy).
I have tried to draw students into what the values, visions, and experiences
of the different movements was (and would be for them) like. Bloom & Breines
are excellent helps to that end, though I supplement in a few areas (Beats,
Vietnam war, environment). I also have them read 2-3 autobiographies and
journal them extensively (Malcolm X, Jane Alpert, and maybe now Howard Zinn's
"You Can't be Neutral on a Moving Train"). But I also look at the 60s from a
framework that connects very much with today (looking at post-60s revisionism,
doing exercises with their education, simulating SNCC, etc.). Interesting to
contemplate with an adult ed. class; there MIGHT be more of a personal
connection which could make things even livelier (if they're old enough!).

Ted Morgan

Department of Political Science
Maginnes Hall #9
Lehigh University
Bethlehem, PA 18015
phone: (610) 758-3345
fax: (610) 758-6554


From: (Stu Shiffman and Andi Shechter)
Subject: Re: Vietnam month by month

Rites of Passage: A memoir of the Sixties in Seattle by Walt Crowley has
an annotated timeline that goes from 1960-1972 - it's the best part of the
book (over 100 pages) It covers more than the war, but might be helpful
putting things in perspective.



From: Daniel Olson 614-593-2688 <>
Subject: Re: Vietnam month by month

Dear j grant:

How about the following titles for the needed Vietnam War day-by-by chronology:

TITLE The Vietnam War, an almanac / general editor, John S. Bowman ;
introduction by Fox Butterfield.
IMPRINT New York, N.Y. : World Almanac Publications : [Dist. in the U.S.
by Ballantine Books], 1985.
DESCRIPT 512 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 23 cm.
NOTE "A Bison book."
Includes index.
BIBLIOG. Bibliography: p. 506-507.
SUBJECT Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975 -- Chronology.
Vietnam -- History -- 1945-1975.

AUTHOR Sigler, David Burns, 1956-
TITLE Vietnam battle chronology : U.S. Army and Marine Corps combat
operations, 1965-1973 / by David Burns Sigler.
IMPRINT Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., c1992.
DESCRIPT xv, 184 p. ; 24 cm.
BIBLIOG. Includes bibliographical references (p. 157-168) and indexes.
SUBJECT United States. Army -- History -- Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975 -
- Chronology.
United States. Marine Corps -- History -- Vietnamese Conflict,
1961-1975 -- Chronology.
Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975 -- Campaigns -- Chronology.

TITLE The World Almanac of the Vietnam War / introduction by Fox
Butterfield ; general editor, John S. Bowman.
IMPRINT New York : World Almanac Publications : Distributed in the United
States by Ballantine Books, c1985.
DESCRIPT 512 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm.
NOTE "A Bison book."
Includes index.
BIBLIOG. Bibliography: p. 506-507.
SUBJECT Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975 -- Chronology.
Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975.
ALT AUTHOR Bowman, John Stewart, 1931-

By the way, I'm a graduate of UW-Madison.

Dan Olson
Ohio University Libraries
Athens, Ohio



Subject: Re: Vietnam month by month
From: "Kathleen Rout" <>

How about the Appendix to Vietnam and America ed. by Marvin E. Gettleman, et
al. The chronology goes from 208 BC (the kingdom of Nam-Viet is founded) to
Feb. 1994 when Clinton dropped the trade embargo. KKR, MSU


From: Tom Condit <>
Subject: Re: Vietnam month by month

One problem with doing a timeline on the Vietnam war is deciding when it
began. For the early stages, I'd advise taking a look at books by Ellen
Hammer and Joseph Buttinger, both of which have weaknesses but give a good
enough sense that you can pick your arbitrary beginning point.

Tom Condit