This course provides both a chronological and topical examination of the period of American
history known as “the sixties.” Among the topics discussed are the American presidency, the
Cold War, nuclear proliferation, the rise and fall of the New Left, the rebirth of the New
Right, the women’s movement, the freedom struggles, the Vietnam War and the anti-war
movement, the student movement, Watergate, rock-n-roll music, American popular culture
and oppositional culture. Through the available media on the ‘60s—including books and
articles, movies, documentaries and sound recordings—we will search for coherence in a contradictory and confusing period of American history.