Yale '64 and the Conflicted Legacy of the Sixties
"Class Divide is an elegantly crafted account of the effect sixties-era cultural and political rebellion had on a very select group of Americans: the Yale class of 1964. Howard Gillette Jr.'s ability to put the lives of his classmates into sharply drawn historical contexts is quite remarkable. Gillette's subjects went on to do spectacular things and many became nationally known figures, which makes this tale particularly significant as a work of both historical scholarship and cultural criticism." -- David Farber, Temple University, author of <I>Everybody Ought to Be Rich: The Life and Times of John J. Raskob, Capitalist</I> "Class Divide says a lot about America before and after the watershed of the 1960s. Howard Gillette Jr. has transformed the personal stories of Yale's class of '64 into a political and cultural narrative about American society in transition. This insider's collective biography illuminates in a compelling way a key juncture in U.S. history." -- Joseph Soares, Wake Forest University, author of <I>The Power of Privilege: Yale and Americas Elite Colleges</I> "Drawing on the stories and reflections of his classmates in the Yale class of '64, Howard Gillette Jr. weaves a compelling portrait of these privileged and idealistic young men as they confronted a world in the midst of upheaval. Gillette's keen historical insights illuminate the complexities of the 1960s and show how the deep divisions of those years continue to shape our nation today." -- Elaine Tyler May, author of <I>America and the Pill: A History of Promise, Peril, and Liberation</I> "In this engaging and insightful portrait of the Yale class of '64, Howard Gillette Jr. adds to our growing awareness of just how revolutionary the sixties were." -- Andrew Hartman, author of <I>A War for the Soul of America: A History of the Culture Wars</I>
Howard Gillette Jr. is Professor Emeritus of History at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. He is the author of Between Justice and Beauty: Race, Planning, and the Failure of Urban Policy in Washington, D.C.; Camden After the Fall: Decline and Renewal in a Post-Industrial City; and Civitas by Design: Building Better Communities, from the Garden City to the New Urbanism.
Introduction: What a Hinge Generation Can Tell Us1. Bright College Years, 196019642. Into the "Long Sixties," 196419743. Civil Rights4. War and Peace5. The Greening of '646. God and Man7. Sex and Marriage8. Culture Wars and the UniversityConclusion: After a Long Journey, a Lasting DivideNotes Acknowledgments Index