BLS 382: The Sixties
This course examines the origins, impact, and consequences of the social and political upheaval of the period in American history stretching from the early 1960s through the early 1970s. It will cover the civil rights movement, in many of its forms; the Vietnam War and the accompanying antiwar movement; and the origins of some of the other major and minor movements of the period—the feminist, environmental, and gay liberation movements. Other topics will include changes in popular culture, the rise and fall of the New Left, and the conservative reaction to these ideas and events. The course will conclude with a look at the legacy of this unique period and its continuing influence on contemporary America.