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The Spirit of the Sixties explains how and why the personal became political when Sixties activists confronted the institutions of American postwar culture. The Spirit of the Sixties uses political personalism to explain how and why the personal became political when Sixties activists confronted the institutions of American postwar culture. After establishing its origins in the Catholic Worker movement, the Beat generation, the civil rights movement, and Ban-the-Bomb protests, James Farrell demonstrates the impact of personalism on Sixties radicalism. Students, antiwar activists and counterculturalists all used personalist perspectives in the "here and now revolution" of the decade. These perspectives also persisted in American politics after the Sixties. Exploring the Sixties not just as history but as current affairs, Farrell revisits the perennial questions of human purpose and cultural practice contested in the decade.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415913867
ISBN-10: 0415913861
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 21mm)
Pages: 368
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 3-Apr-1997
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - James J. Farrell

James J. Farrell is Professor of History, Director of American Studies and Boldt Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Humanities at St. Olaf College. He is the author of Inventing the American Way of Death and The Nuclear Devil's Dictionary.

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