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America Divided

The Civil War of the 1960s

Fifth Edition

Maurice Isserman and Michael Kazin

Publication Date - October 2015

ISBN: 9780190217181

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

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $67.95

A best-selling, balanced examination of the political, social, and cultural divides of the 1960s in a swiftly moving narrative


America Divided: The Civil War of the 1960s, Fifth 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

  • Expanded coverage of the counterculture, gay rights, and popular culture
  • Revised coverage of the Black Panther Party and the Vietnam war
  • An emphasis on the importance of Earth Day in sparking a new and continuing wave of environmental activism
  • An exploration of the origins of mass incarceration following the 1960s
  • An updated bibliography that includes the latest in popular and scholarly treatments of the decade

About the Author(s)

Maurice Isserman is Professor of History at Hamilton College.

Michael Kazin is Professor of History at Georgetown University.

Previous Publication Date(s)

July 2011
January 2007
August 2003

Table of Contents

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

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