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March 1999 · 3 volumes
941 pages · 8"x10"
The Sixties in America
Comprehensive coverage of the impact of the 1960's on the United States and Canada. With free, unlimited online access to all the "Decades" titles in your collection.
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Hundreds of photos, illustrations and graphs
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Salem Press's three-volume set, The Sixties in America, surveys the events and people of the 1960's, a turbulent decade that had a profound and lasting effect on the life and culture of the United States. The set not only provides in-depth coverage of all aspects of the three major events of the 1960's that give the decade its distinctive character—the Civil Rights movement, the social revolution, and the Vietnam War—but also surveys important developments in the arts, science and technology, business and the economy, government and politics, and gender issues.
In addition, to impart a sense of what people were doing and thinking during the decade, the set looks at the most important people and events in the arts, media, music, and sports and covers the headline-grabbing news items of the period.
The encyclopedia's 554 articles range from 250-word, focused articles on subjects such as Olympic track star Billy Mills to 3,000-word surveys of broad, far-reaching topics such as the Cold War. Given the focus of this work on a significant, tumultuous period of time, many articles are associated with the three events that shaped the decade: 68 articles concentrate on civil rights, 21 on the Vietnam War, 74 on government and politics (roughly divided between the Vietnam War and the Cold War), and 80 on the social revolution. The 61 articles on the arts, the 39 on the media, and the 43 on music demonstrate how the dramatic happenings of the decade were both reflected in and inspired by artistic efforts.
The impact of the Civil Rights movement and social revolution are evident in the 25 articles on gender issues, which include essays on the developing women's movement and fledgling gay liberation movement. The space race, the triumphant lunar landing, and major scientific developments including heart and kidney transplants and lasers are covered in the 44 articles on science and technology.
The 14 articles on demographics and the environment look at the interplay between what humankind has produced and the forces of nature—a consciousness that was first raised during the decade by such clarions as Rachel Carson—and the 19 articles on business and the economy examine the industries and institutions that people have created and how they affect and are affected by each other and the world around them. The 41 articles on sports show, among other things, how television helped turn fun and games into major sporting events and eventually big business, and the 25 articles on crimes and scandals reveal the violence and corruption that sometimes accompanied the social experimentation of the decade.
Written with the needs of students and general readers in mind, the articles present clear discussions of the topics, explaining any terms and references that may be unfamiliar. The articles in the encyclopedia are arranged in alphabetical order, with clear, concise titles followed by brief descriptions or definitions of the topic. The essays are divided into six easy-to-use formats: 199 overviews, 153 biographical pieces, 82 events, 73 artistic works, 38 organizations, and 10 Supreme Court cases. Important dates and selected facts are highlighted in ready-reference top matter at the beginning of the biographical pieces, events, and artistic works. Boldfaced subheads such as "Impact" or "Subsequent Events" make finding information within each article quick and easy. The cross-references at the end of each article will guide readers to additional entries on the topic or related subjects, and the "Additional Information" section will direct them to other publications on the subject.
No encyclopedia on the first full "television decade" would be complete without photographs and other visual elements. This set contains nearly 300 photographs of the decade's events and more than 40 graphs, charts, and sidebars highlighting interesting facts and trends.
The encyclopedia contains a number of useful tools to help readers find the entries of interest. An alphabetical list of all entries appears at the beginning of each volume. A list of entries by thirty-one subject categories appears at the end of each volume, and the third volume contains a comprehensive index and personages index. Also in the third volume are fourteen appendices that provide additional information about selected aspects of the decade in easily and quickly accessible formats. The three drama appendices list the major films, major Broadway plays and theatrical awards, and most-watched television shows of the 1960's. The literature appendix lists the U.S. best-selling books and Pulitzer Prize winners, and the two music appendices list the decade's top-selling recordings and its popular musicians and their hits. A sports index provides a quick look at the winners of the major sporting events of the 1960's. The two legislative appendices look at the U.S. Supreme Court and its major decisions and major legislation passed by Congress during the decade. A statistical appendix provides a snapshot of major demographic trends in the United States through a series of graphs and charts. Among the appendices are two time lines, one listing the major developments in science and technology and the other providing a view of the decade's major events in civil rights, the Vietnam War, and numerous other areas as they unfolded. Rounding out the appendices is a bibliography and mediagraphy listing sources to which readers can turn for additional study. The annotated bibliography is divided into twelve categories so that readers interested in a particular aspect of the 1960's can find additional resources more easily. The mediagraphy lists electronic materials (including CD-ROMs), videocassettes, and Web sites that involve the decade.