Interactive Outline--American Culture in the 1960's

 

 

DIRECTIONS: Choose ONE of the highlighted links in section I below and be prepared to share information about that topic during our upcoming class discussion. We will use this outline for our discussion; please transform this outline into a Word file.

AMERICAN CULTURE IN THE SIXTIES

I. Events Affecting Culture

A. Nuclear Age and the Cold War

1. "space race"
2. **Berlin Wall constructed (map)
3. **Cuban Missle Crisis/Bay of Pigs

B. civil rights movement

1. Martin Luther King--"I Have a Dream" speech (audio available from Mr. S*) **(text)
2. **Malcolm X

C. political & social unrest

1. assassinations

a. John F.Kennedy (Zapruder #1
(Zapruder #2 (see frames 225-230 & 312-320)
b. MLK **(RFK's announcement in Realaudio)
c. Malcolm X
d. **Robert F. Kennedy

2. riots

a.** Watts
b. **Democratic Convention (Chicago, 1968)

3. Anti-war demonstrations
4. counterculteral movements

a. hippies
b. black panthers
c. others

E. increased use of recreational/illegal drugs

1. marijuana
2. LSD

3. heroin

II. Music

A. Elvis to the Beatles
B. psychedelic rock and drugs

1. Jimi Hendrix

C. folk music as protest music

1. Bob Dylan
2. Arlo Guthrie

D. soul music finds a white audience

1. Aretha Franklin
2. James Brown

E. Woodstock showcases both music and counterculture


III. Literature

A. Catch-22 (Heller, 1961)
B. Whose Afraid of Virginia Wolf? (Albee, 1962)
C. Fail-Safe (Burdick & Wheeler, 1962)
D. In Cold Blood (Capote, 1966)
E. Valley of the Dolls (Susanne, 1966)
F. The Godfather (Puzo, 1969)
G. Slaughterhouse-Five" (Vonnegut, 1969)
H. The Andromeda Strain" (Crichton, 1969)


IV. Films

A. "Psycho" (1960)
B. "Dr. Strangelove" (1963)
C. "Bonnie and Clyde" (1967)
D. "2001: A Space Odyssey" (1968)
E. "Easy Rider" (1969)
F. "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" (1969)
G. "M*A*S*H" (1969)


V. Theater

A. "Hair" (1968)
B. "Godspel"


VI. Art

A. Andy Warhol and "pop art" (museum's virtual tour)
B. psychedelic art, pop art (Peter Max, et al)