This set provides in-depth coverage of all aspects of the major events of the 1960s that give the decade its distinctive character. It features long overviews and short entries discussing people, books, films, plays and other important topics representative of that era. Every entry focuses on the topic or person during the 1960s in order to explore what made the decade unique.
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 to 3,000 words. Articles range on topics, including:
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:
- biographical pieces
- artistic works
- 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. 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 and a list of entries by thirty-one subject categories appears at the end of each volume, as well as numerous appendices: