Political & Social Change: 60s

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: History

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Political & Social Change: 60s

Spring 2020

Taught By: Elaine Abelson

Section: A

CRN: 6735

Credits: 4

What were the nineteensixties? What do people mean when they say "The Sixties"? When did the decade begin and when did it end? What were its roots? What is its legacy? How do we begin to understand a period which was characterized by upheaval and fragmentation and challenge to many of the most sacred dogmas of American life? Far more than a movement for civil rights, or a war, or a cultural phenomenon, the sixties was a period of rapid political and social change. A decade that bore witness to the highs and lows of the American experience, the 1960s has to be understood both as a watershed and as an ongoing process. The history of this long decade emphasizes the interrelationships between the specific events of the period and constant pressure of diverse political movements. Many of the major issues we are grappling with today -- the American presence in Afghanistan, conflict over immigration, school re-segregation, and cultural anxieties over gay marriage -- emerge from the successes, failures, and excesses of the 1960s. This seminar will look at the 1960s through multiple prisms: the Civil Rights movement, Black power, the war in Viet Nam and antiwar agitation, the assassinations, the student movements, feminism, and popular culture. We will use a wide range of sources -- a mixture of primary documents (including film footage) and secondary accounts, but the emphasis will be on the words and the actions of the participants.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: History (LHIS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 25

Add/Drop Deadline: February 3, 2020 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 12, 2020 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

*Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 2:50pm 2/26/2020 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 10:00am - 11:40am

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 410

Date Range: 1/21/2020 - 5/7/2020