A Fiction of the Past

The Sixties in American History

Dominick J. Cavallo

Palgrave Macmillan Trade

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Few events during that whirlwind of movements, conflicts and upheaval known as "the sixties" took Americans more by surprise, or were more likely to inspire their rage, than the rebellion of those who were young, white, and college educated. Perhaps none have been more maligned or misunderstood since. In A Fiction of the Past, Dominick Cavallo pushes past the contemporary fog of myth, cold disdain and warm nostalgia that shrouds the radical youth culture of the '60s. He explores how the furiously chaotic sixties sprang from the comparatively placid forties and fifties. The book digs beyond the post-World War II decades and seeks the historical sources of the youth culture in the distant American past. Cavallo shows how the sixties' most radical ideas and values were deeply etched in the American soul.

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It is all too rare that any book on the '60s these days makes me really rethink the era, but Cavallo's succeeds brilliantly... Maurice Isserman, William R. Kenan Professor of History, Hamilton College

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Dominick J. Cavallo

Dominick J. Cavallo is professor of history at Adelphi University. He lives in Garden City, New York.

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A Fiction of the Past
The Sixties in American History
Dominick J. Cavallo

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
Palgrave Macmillan Trade
February 2001
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312235017
ISBN10: 0312235011
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 288 pages
$22.00
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