The Spirit of the Sixties: The Making of Postwar Radicalism

1st Edition

James J. Farrell

Routledge
Published January 29, 1997
Reference - 360 Pages
ISBN 9780415913867 - CAT# RT1302
Series: American Radicals

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Summary

The Spirit of the Sixties explains how and why the personal became political when Sixties activists confronted the institutions of American postwar culture.

The Spirit of the Sixties uses political personalism to explain how and why the personal became political when Sixties activists confronted the institutions of American postwar culture. After establishing its origins in the Catholic Worker movement, the Beat generation, the civil rights movement, and Ban-the-Bomb protests, James Farrell demonstrates the impact of personalism on Sixties radicalism.

Students, antiwar activists and counterculturalists all used personalist perspectives in the "here and now revolution" of the decade. These perspectives also persisted in American politics after the Sixties. Exploring the Sixties not just as history but as current affairs, Farrell revisits the perennial questions of human purpose and cultural practice contested in the decade.

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