Re: [sixties-l] Glad The L's Back

From: David Smith (
Date: Thu Jun 08 2000 - 01:01:18 CUT

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    Good stuff on the fifties Marty. I remember tuning into Jean Shepard on the
    radio at night with the radio right next to my ear. Then I would share his
    dialogues with friends.
    Yes, this hopefullness of the late 50's I also remember. Many of our parents
    were hopeful for change esp. an end to racism and even a hope for peace. The
    progressive people(our parents) voted in John Kennedy. I attribute my active
    participation in the movement and even my decision to join the Weathermen to
    a strong patriotism that I picked up from my parents who were avid Kennedy
    lovers. We stood for hours on a corner near our house just to see Kennedy
    drive by in his motorcade. It was a cold day but he stood up in his vehicle
    without a coat and waved to us.
    So long sixties list,

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    From: Marty Jezer <>
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    Sent: Tuesday, June 06, 2000 2:03 PM
    Subject: Re: [sixties-l] Glad The L's Back

    > At 06:34 AM 6/6/2000 -0400, you wrote:
    > > Anyway, I remember the later 50's as being an
    > >extremely exciting and hopeful period. We felt change in the air.
    > >Gretchen Dutschke
    > Speaking of the complexity of generations, we need a fresh look at the
    > fifties. The conformist, organization man, suburban buttoned-down repress
    > fifties was the mainstream reality, but there was so much going on beneath
    > the surface. As Abbie Hoffman once said, "there wouldn't have been the
    > sixties, if not for the fifties." Or something like that.
    > Bebop and hard bop, the first folk revival (a breakthrough for what the
    > Almanacs/Weavers were trying to do), the beats and abstract
    > the sick comics (Lenny Bruce,
    > Mort Sahl, etc.) iconoclasts like radio's Jean Shepherd, the Village
    > doo wop (and white kids getting seriously into black music), not to
    > in politics the ban the bombers
    > (Committee for Nonviolent Action and SANE), the NYC air raid protests
    > (Catholic Workers and WRL). The consensus that dominated the corporate
    > fifties began to fracture in the mid-fifties and it was from the
    > underground ferment that the new left and the counter-culture was born.
    > The civil rights movement had it's own antecedents but the fact that so
    > many young whites were ready to embrace the cause stems from the ferment
    > the fifties.
    > Just wingin' it,
    > Marty Jezer
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