Some books treat one subject in detail and depth. In contrast, a first impression of this book must be that it moves quickly through dozens of subjects. Separate books, even shelves of books, exist on almost every subject considered in these pages--as the bibliography bears witness. The purpose here is to give meaning to these subjects by relating them to changes experienced by the American people in their daily lives between 1960 and 1990. The changes both contributed to and reflected the American society's often-discordant transition from modern to postmodern times.
In concentrating on the social history of the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, we mark milestones in the nation's politics and economy only as they played a part in people's daily lives. For reference purposes, the framework that follows can be used to connect subjects treated in this book with important events of those decades:
|1960||John F. Kennedy defeats Richard Nixon in the|
|1961||Bay of Pigs in Cuba is invaded with support by the|
|Berlin Wall is constructed|
|1962||Cuban missile crisis occurs|
|1963||President Kennedy is assassinated; Lyndon Johnson|
|1964||First major civil rights bill is enacted|