A survey of the culture of one of the most turbulent eras of American history. Beginning with an examination of the Cold War culture of the 1950’s, and the various responses to it (the Beat Movement, Elvis Presley), we’ll go on to consider some of the major political and cultural movements of the time. We’ll study political speeches and manifestoes from John F. Kennedy, George Wallace, Martin Luther King, Students for a Democratic Society, Malcolm X, the Yippies, and the Weatherman Underground. We’ll examine such flashpoints of the decade as the civil rights movement, the New Left, the Vietnam War, and the rise of “Second Wave” feminism. We’ll view the films Rebel Without a Cause, Dr. Strangelove and Easy Rider, analyze the music of Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs, and James Brown, and read literary work by figures such as Jack Kerouac, William Burroughs, Thomas Pynchon, Tom Wolfe, and Joan Didion. Our emphasis falls not only on what the 1960's were, but how their meaning and significance remain a site of contemporary struggle.