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Takin' it to the streets

A Sixties Reader

Fourth Edition

Alexander Bloom

Publication Date - November 2015

ISBN: 9780190250706

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

In Stock

Offers the broadest range of selections encompassing all major topics and events of America in the Sixties


The fourth edition of Takin' it to the streets revises the comprehensive collection of primary documents from the 1960s that has become the leading reader about the era. Adopted nationwide, this anthology brings together representative writings, many of which had been unavailable for years or had never been reprinted. Drawn from mainstream sources, little-known sixties periodicals, pamphlets, public speeches, and personal voices, the selections range from the Port Huron Statement and the NOW Bill of Rights to speeches by Malcolm X, Richard Nixon, Robert Kennedy, and Ronald Reagan, to private letters from civil rights workers and Vietnam soldiers.

Introductions and headnotes by the editors highlight the importance of particular documents, relating them to each other and placing them within the broader context of the decade. The book focuses on civil rights, Black Power, the counterculture, the women's movement, anti-war activity, gay and lesbian struggles, and the conservative current that ran counter to more typical sixties movements. These include both topics that fell outside the daily attention of the media and those that made front-page news. Covering an extremely popular period of history, Takin' it to the streets remains the most accessible and authoritative reader of an extraordinary decade, one unlike any America had seen before or has experienced since.

New to This Edition

* A new section on John F. Kennedy, including Norman Mailer's 1960 assessment of JFK
* New selections on Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and the Underground Press
* A new chapter of assessments and on the legacy of the 1960s, including articles by Howard Zinn, Fred Barnes, Arthur Schlesinger, and Michael Kazin

About the Author(s)

Alexander Bloom is Professor of History and American Studies at Wheaton College. He is the author of several books, including Long Time Gone: Sixties America Then and Now (OUP, 2001) and Prodigal Sons: The New York Intellectuals and Their World (OUP, 1987).

Previous Publication Date(s)

November 2010
December 2002
December 1995


"'Taking it to the streets' really stands alone--an excellent, well-edited, and well-designed collection of primary sources that is in a class by itself."--Nancy Gabin, Purdue University

"There are a number sixties readers available, but 'Taking it to the streets' is by far the most comprehensive. The greatest strength of the book is the breadth of its coverage compared to its competition."--Patrick Jones, University of Nebraska

"From experience, this book functions extremely well in class. It deals with all of the key issues--civil rights, the student movement, the war in Vietnam, and the women's movement."--Allan M. Winkler, Miami University of Ohio

Table of Contents

    Chapter 1: "Keep on Walkin', Keep on Talkin'": Civil Rights to 1965
    Chapter 2:: "My Generation": American Politics, the Student Movement, and the New Left
    Chapter 3: "Say it Loud, Say it Proud": Black Nationalism and Ethnic Consciousness
    Chapter4: "Hey, Hey, LBJ": Vietnam and the Antiwar Movement
    Chapter 5: "Eight Miles High": The Counterculture
    Chapter 6: "Love it or Leave it": The Conservative Impulse in a Radical Age
    Chapter 7: "The Whole World is Watching": 1968 and After
    Chapter 8: "She's Leaving Home": The Women's Liberation Movement
    Chapter 9: "When the Music's Over": Endings and Beginnings
    Chapter 10: "For What it's Worth": Assessments and Implications

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