Branch, Taylor. Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954–65. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1999. Multivolume history of the civil rights movement.
Brick, Howard, Age of Contradiction: American Thought and Culture in the 1960s. Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press, 2000. Brick plots out the principal contradictions that structured debate and contention in American thought and the arts in this decade.
Braunstein, Peter and Michael William Doyle. Imagine Nation: The American Counterculture of the 1960s and 1970s. New York: Routledge, 2002. Insightful essays on counterculture in all its varied forms.
Dallek, Robert. An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy and His Times, 1917–1963. New York: Little, Brown, 2003. A respected biography of the president who helped define the times.
D’Emilio, John. Sexual Politics, Sexual Communities: The Making of a Homosexual Minority in the United States, 1940–1970. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1998. The definitive analysis of the gay movement in the United States from 1940 to 1970
Farber, David and Beth Bailey, eds. The Columbia Guide to America in the 1960s. New York: Columbia University Press, 2001. Comprehensive collection of essays on the decade.
Lassiter, Matthew D. The Silent Majority: Suburban Politics in the Sunbelt South. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2006. Insightful study of the shifting power base for politics in the 1960s.
Matusow, Allen J. The Unraveling of America: A History of Liberalism in the 1960s. Atlanta: University of Georgia Press, 2009 (1984). A cautionary history of liberalism in the 1960s from a conservative’s perspective.
Roussinow, Doug, The Politics of Authenticity: Liberalism, Christianity, and the New Left in America. New York: Columbia University Press, 1998. Tells the story of the new left-wing movement that emerged in the 1960s from an innovative perspective
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Anderson, Terry H. The Movement and The Sixties. Protest in America from Greensboro to Wounded Knee. Terry Anderson explores a searching history of the social activism that defined a generation of young Americans and that called into question the very nature of “America.”
Bernstein, Shana. Bridges of Reform: Interracial Civil Rights Activism in Twentieth-Century Los Angeles. Bernstein reinterprets U.S. civil rights activism by looking at its roots in the interracial efforts of Mexican, African, Jewish, and Japanese Americans in mid-century Los Angeles.
Brilliant, Mark, The Color of America Has Changed: How Racial Diversity Shaped Civil Rights Reform in California, 1941–1978. Brilliant examines California’s history to illustrate how the civil rights era was a truly nationwide and multiracial phenomenon.
Clark, E. Culpepper and Dan T. Carter. The Schoolhouse Door: Segregation’s Last Stand at the University of Alabama. Clark provides a riveting account of the events that led to Wallace’s historic stand, tracing a tangle of intrigue and resistance to the post–Brown v. Board of Education era.
Cohen, Robert. Freedom’s Orator: Mario Savio and the Radical Legacy of the 1960s. This history speaks with special relevance to a new generation of activists and to all who cherish the 1960s and democratic ideals for which Savio fought so selflessly.
Compston, Christine L. Earl Warren: Justice for All. This biography examines how a man with little judicial experience became one of the greatest Supreme Court chief justices in the history of the United States.
Isserman, Maurice and Michael Kazin. America Divided: The Civil War of the 1960s. The definitive interpretive survey of the political, social, and cultural history of 1960s America.
The Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962. A site run by the National Security Archive with declassified documents, photographs, audio clips, and a chronology.
Space Race. Run by the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, this site contains details on the scientific and technological push for a moon landing and its historical contexts. Includes documents, images, and other resources.
British Invasion Bands. A site devoted to the British bands that made headlines in the United States, offering audio clips and band profiles.