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"Takin' it to the streets": A Sixties Reader [Paperback]

Alexander Bloom , Wini Breines
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December 26, 2002 019514290X 978-0195142907 2
The second edition of "Takin' it to the streets" revises the comprehensive collection of primary documents of the 1960s that has become the leading reader on the era. Adopted nationwide, this anthology brings together representative writings, many of which have been unavailable for years or have never been reprinted. Drawn from mainstream sources, little-known sixties periodicals, pamphlets, public speeches, and personal voices, the selections range from the Port Huron Statement and the NOW Bill of Rights to speeches by Malcolm X, Richard Nixon, and Ronald Reagan, to private letters from civil rights workers and Vietnam soldiers.
Introductions and headnotes by the editors highlight the importance of particular documents, relating them to each other and placing them within the broader context of the decade. Particular attention is paid to civil rights, Black Power, the counterculture, the women's movement, anti-war activity, and gay and lesbian struggles, as well as the conservative current that ran counter to more typical sixties movements. For this revised edition, the editors have added nearly thirty selections, including new readings on religion, the drug culture, the sexual revolution, gay rights, conservatism, and the Vietnam War experience. Covering an extremely popular period of history, "Takin' it to the streets" remains the most accessible and authoritative reader on an extraordinary decade, one unlike America had seen before or has experienced since.

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Editorial Reviews


"This is a must read for understanding this still contentious decade. Here the actors speak and write directly to the reader as they did in the heyday of peace and love and war."--Julian Bond, University of Virginia and Chairman of the NAACP

"A rich and varied collection, perfect for today's students or for anyone wanting a hit of the past. The passion, the humor, the tragedy, the energy of the 1960s come alive through the words of the women and men who lived through these years. These documents makes clear why the 1960s are still fascinating and compelling for a new generation of Americans too young to remember them but eager to understand those turbulent times."--John D'Emilio, University of Illinois at Chicago

"This volume is an invaluable resource for teaching and scholarship. Bloom and Breines cover all aspects of the 1960s--from the civil rights movement to the anti-war movement, from hippies and the counterculture to the splintering of the New Left, from the women's movement and gay liberation to the conservative backlash against the 1960s. These documents evoke the feelings and ideas of the era in all its complexity."-- Rebecca Klatch, University of California, San Diego

About the Author

Alexander Bloom is at Wheaton College, Massachusetts. Wini Breines is at Northeastern University.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 2 edition (December 26, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019514290X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195142907
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #867,795 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars a good read May 8, 2008
I had a friend who recommended this book to me and I love it. I was a teenager in Europe during the late sixties. When I came back to America in 1969, I felt like I missed the entire decade and just now felt like I needed to find out what the sixties were all about.
This book is amazing. I'm not finished with it yet but it feels like it hit the core soul of the country at the time. Separate articles, opinions, thoughts really point out the conflicts at the time. Never realized what really happened in 1968 but now have a better perspective of a chaotic time.
If you want to get a grip on the times, this is one good book for reading. I'm feeling like I was really there and didn't miss a thing!
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5.0 out of 5 stars good book September 7, 2013
By kelly
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i ordered this book for a theory class, a pretty easy and interesting read. book was in great condition. no complaints
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4.0 out of 5 stars ehh whateva dawg October 14, 2012
By rator 1
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book has a lot of interesting information defiantly college material talked a lot about what kind of movements were happening at the time, to name a few black panther, civil rights, gay rights, and women's movement.The delivery was on time, no complaints.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Price was phenominal May 8, 2012
By ghiabb
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Price was good. I didnt even mind the previous owners notes. Un fortunately this version of the book was missing several key elements I needed for class study. I wouldnt recommend this version to anyone. Sorry!
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Little Disappointed... April 28, 2005
By Anodyne
I am surprised to see such positive reviews of this book. While the historical element of the text was enjoyable, I felt that the book was heavily weighted to support a certain opinion. While I typically consider myself and Independent I got a little tired of the liberal rhetoric that appeared again and again in every into. In addition, I do not feel that the articles were chosen to represent what was actually occuring during the 60's but rather to paint a very deliberate picture. To portray the U.S. as being so black or white (good guys and bad guys) is a disapointment and it ignores the complexity of us as individuals. My biggest complaint is the portrayal of the Vietnam War and veterans in general. To ignore the soldiers who fought believing in a "nobel cause" is an injustice.

Again, I do not support either side but feel that this is a misrepresentation as a whole...I hope that if you do read this book that it is not the only one that you read on the sixties.
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