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America Divided

The Civil War of the 1960s

Sixth Edition

Maurice Isserman and Michael Kazin

Publication Date - 03 March 2020

ISBN: 9780190077846

416 pages
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

In Stock

The definitive interpretive survey of the political, social, and cultural history of 1960s America


America Divided: The Civil War of the 1960s, Sixth Edition, is the definitive interpretive survey of the political, social, and cultural history of 1960s America. Written by two top experts on the era--Maurice Isserman, a historian of American radicalism, and Michael Kazin, a specialist in social movements--this book provides a compelling tale of this tumultuous era filled with fresh and persuasive insights.

New to this Edition

  • An exploration of changes in immigration laws in the 1960s, and how those changes sowed the seeds of future conflicts over "illegal" immigrants
  • An expanded discussion of the Black Panther Party's history
  • New insight into the changes in American politics that brought such disparate figures as Barack Obama and Donald Trump into the White House
  • An updated bibliography that includes the latest in popular and scholarly treatments of the decade
  • A discussion of Andy Warhol's impact on American culture


  • Offers politically balanced coverage
  • Provides an extensive treatment of religion and the rise of conservatism in the decade
  • Integrates coverage of women throughout

About the Author(s)

Maurice Isserman is Professor of History at Hamilton College.

Michael Kazin is Professor of History at Georgetown University.


"America Divided is a concise and precise textbook on the history of the 1960s. Cogently written and well researched, this new edition continues to be a useful source for courses in U.S. history and the 1960s."--Hettie V. Williams, Monmouth University

"This book serves as an excellent foundational text for courses focusing on the 1960s or on the postwar period more generally. The narrative is often engaging, the prose clear, and the explanations thorough."--Chris O'Brien, University of Maine at Farmington

"America Divided is a solid, well-written survey that assesses the key developments of the 1960s without losing sight of ordinary Americans."--William Michael Schmidli, Bucknell University

Table of Contents

    1. Gathering of the Forces
    2. Black Ordeal, Black Freedom
    3. The New Frontier of American Liberalism
    4. Why Did the United States Fight in Vietman?
    5. 1963
    6. The Rise of the Great Society
    7. 1965
    8. The Making of a Youth Culture
    9. The New Left
    10. The Fall of the Great Society
    11. The Conservative Revival
    12. 1968
    13. Many Faiths: The '60s Reformation
    14. "No Cease-Fire": 1969-1974
    Conclusion: Everything Changed
    Critical Events During the Long 1960s
    Bibliographical Essay

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