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Course Description

  During this day-long, one-day course, based on A Hard Rain: America in the 1960s, we will explore the great social movements -- civil rights, the women's movement, the environmental movement that shaped the politics and the spirit of those times. We will look at the decade through a cultural lens, reflecting on the music, the literature, the art, the technology, the space race and pivotal moments in sports. We will consider the impact and legacy of John and Robert Kennedy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Lyndon Johnson, George Wallace, Richard Nixon; but also Bob Dylan and Joan Baez; Gloria Steinem and Betty Friedan; Janis Joplin, the Beatles and Elvis Presley. The course will conclude by reviewing the role of student leaders in the free speech/antiwar movements and soldiers who fought and died in Vietnam, exploring the echoes of those turbulent times that are still with us more than 50 years later.   Lecture (plus Questions)  
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