It was the year of the Beatles and the Civil Rights Act; of the Gulf of Tonkin and Barry Goldwater s campaign for the presidency; the year that Americans learned smoking was bad for their health and Cassius Clay became Muhammad Ali; the year that cities across the country erupted in violence and Americans tried to make sense of the assassination of their president. American Experience: 1964 follows some of the most prominent figures of the time Lyndon B. Johnson, Martin Luther King, Jr., Barry Goldwater, Betty Freidan and brings out from the shadows the actions of ordinary Americans whose frustrations, ambitions, and anxieties began to turn the country onto a different course.
Authoritative and convincing...1964
shows us there we are still feeling the impact of those events 50 years later. --San Fransico Chronical
You don t have to have lived through the time to appreciate 1964 and its
thoughtful look at ideas that echo to this day. --Sacromento Bee