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America Divided

The Civil War of the 1960s

Fourth Edition

Maurice Isserman and Michael Kazin

Publication Date - July 2011

ISBN: 9780199765065

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

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $59.95

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, Fourth 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 scholar of the Left, and Michael Kazin, a specialist in Right-wing politics and culture-this book provides a compelling tale of this tumultuous era filled with fresh and persuasive insights.

For the fourth edition the authors have updated the text in light of new research, offering strong and thoughtful analysis of such key topics as the U.S. entry into the Vietnam War, youth culture, the New Left, and women and minority groups. Presenting the most even-handed overview of this turbulent period, America Divided, Fourth Edition, defines, discusses, and analyzes all sides of the political, social, and cultural conflicts of the 1960s in a swiftly moving narrative. It is ideal for courses in 1960s America and America since 1945, or for anyone interested in the last fifty years of American History.

New to this Edition

  • New coverage of the "Global Sixties," demonstrating how the cultural and political conflicts taking place in the United States were also occurring in other countries around the world
  • Updated and expanded conclusion discusses the 2008 presidential election and its relation to the 1960s
  • More material on environmentalism, gay rights, and the women's movement
  • Greater coverage of popular culture, including cinema, theater, pop art, and music
  • Revised and expanded discussions of the labor and the feminist movement and of the economics of the era

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)

February 2007
August 2003
March 2000

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 Vietnam?
    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
    Bibliographic Essay