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Reframing 1968

American Politics, Protest and Identity

Edited by Martin Halliwell, Nick Witham

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The first 50-year retrospective of the most tumultuous year the 1960s for activism and radical politics

The assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr and Robert Kennedy. Gay rights, women's rights and civil rights. The Black Panthers and the Vietnam War. The New Left and the New Right. 1968 was a tumultuous year for US politics.

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Contents

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgements

Notes on the Contributors

Introduction: 1968: A Year of Protest
Martin Halliwell and Nick Witham

Part I: Politics of Protest

1. The New Left: The American Impress
Doug Rossinow

2. 1968 and the Fractured Right
Elizabeth Tandy Shermer

3. The Irony of Protest: Vietnam and the Path to Permanent War
Andrew Preston

4. Life Writing, Protest and the Idea of 1968
Nick Witham

Part II: Spaces of Protest

5. On Fire: The City and American Protest in 1968
Daniel Matlin

6. Centring the Yard: Student Protest on Campus in 1968
Stefan M. Bradley

7. The Ceremony is About to Begin: Performance and 1968
Martin Halliwell

8. 1968: A Pivotal Moment in Cinema
Sharon Monteith

Part III: Identities and Protest

9. 1968: The End of the Civil Rights Movement?
Stephen Tuck

10. Gay Liberation and the Spirit of ’68
Simon Hall

11. The Women’s Movement in 1968 and Beyond
Anne M. Valk

12. Organizing for Economic Justice in the Late 1960s
Penny Lewis

Conclusion: The Memory of 1968
Stephen J. Whitfield

Index

About the Author

Martin Halliwell is Professor of American Studies at the University of Leicester. His most recent authored books include American Culture in the 1950s (EUP, 2007), Transatlantic Modernism: Moral Dilemmas in Modernist Fiction (EUP, 2005), The Constant Dialogue: Reinhold Niebuhr and American Intellectual Culture (Rowman & Littlefield, 2005) and Images of Idiocy: The Idiot Figure in Modern Fiction and Film (Ashgate, 2004).

Nick Witham is Lecturer in US Political History at the Institute of the Americas, University College London. He is a historian of the twentieth-century United States with a focus on the politics and culture of protest and dissent since the 1960s. He is the author of The Cultural Left and the Reagan Era: US Protest and Central American Revolution (I.B. Tauris, 2015).