Class Divide (inbunden)
Format
Inbunden (Hardback)
Språk
Engelska
Antal sidor
312
Utgivningsdatum
2015-05-21
Förlag
Cornell University Press
Illustratör/Fotograf
16 black & white halftones 16
Illustrationer
16 Halftones, black and white
Dimensioner
241 x 163 x 25 mm
Vikt
545 g
Antal komponenter
1
ISBN
9780801453656
Class Divide (inbunden)

Class Divide

Yale '64 and the Conflicted Legacy of the Sixties

Inbunden,  Engelska, 2015-05-21
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Members of the Yale College class of 1964the first class to matriculate in the 1960swere poised to take up the positions of leadership that typically followed an Ivy League education. Their mission gained special urgency from the inspiration of John F. Kennedys presidency and the civil rights movement as it moved north. Ultimately these men proved successful in traditional termsin the professions, in politics, and in philanthropyand yet something was different. Challenged by the issues that would define a new era, their lives took a number of unexpected turns. Instead of confirming the triumphal perspective they grew up with in the years after World War II, they embraced new and often conflicting ideas. In the process the group splintered. In Class Divide, Howard Gillette Jr. draws particularly on more than one hundred interviews with representative members of the Yale class of 64 to examine how they were challenged by the issues that would define the 1960s: civil rights, the power of the state at home and abroad, sexual mores and personal liberty, religious faith, and social responsibility. Among those whose life courses Gillette follows from their formative years in college through the years after graduation are the politicians Joe Lieberman and John Ashcroft, the Harvard humanities professor Stephen Greenblatt, the environmental leader Gus Speth, and the civil rights activist Stephen Bingham. Although their Ivy League education gave them access to positions in the national elite, the members of Yale 64 nonetheless were too divided to be part of a unified leadership class. Try as they might, they found it impossible to shape a new consensus to replace the one that was undone in their college years and early adulthood.
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"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>

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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.

Innehållsförteckning

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