Cover

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Contents

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p. v

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

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p. vi

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INTRODUCTION

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pp. vii-xi

This book is about students at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, during the 1960s. They came of age during a decade that stands as a turning point in American history. Many Americans who were young adults in the 1960s realized that their lives were inevitably changed by the war in Vietnam, the civil rights movement, the women’s liberation ...

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Prologue

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pp. 1-8

While I was interviewing people for this project, I was struck by the way that nearly all of them spoke about their time in Bloomington with a kind of loving remembrance. Of course, many graduates of other universities are nostalgic about their university community—it is not uncommon to hear people reminiscing about the special qualities ...

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1. The Dawn of Dissent: 1960–65

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pp. 9-21

Herman B Wells announced his decision to retire in 1960. Although the actual event was two years away, university of¤cials immediately began to consider the problem of choosing his successor. After an extensive national search, the board of trustees selected Elvis J. Stahr to be IU’s next president. ...

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2. The Awakening of Activism: 1965–67

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pp. 22-48

Among students today, there is a common misconception that students in the 1960s were all long-haired radicals who spent most of their days engaged in protesting the war in Vietnam, smoking dope, and making love. In fact, the reality was much less colorful. First, for most students, alcohol was the most popular drug in the ...

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3. The Antiwar Movement

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pp. 49-88

From 1967 to 1969, student activists focused on the war in Vietnam. The antiwar movement increased in numbers and effectiveness and began to turn the nation against American policy in Southeast Asia. Beginning with the March on the Pentagon in October 1967, when thousands of young people gathered in the nation’s capital to protest ...

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4. A Precarious Peace

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pp. 89-114

During the last academic year of the 1960s, students faced a series of challenges. President Richard Nixon, like most Americans, recognized the inherent class and race inequities of the selective service system, and therefore instituted a new draft lottery that was based on birth dates and called for younger men to be drafted before ...

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5. Student Rights, Civil Rights: African Americans and the Struggle for Racial Justice

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pp. 115-134

African-American students at Indiana University were part of a national civil rights movement that reached its height during the 1960s. This movement, more than any other in modern history, shaped the vision that university students—both black and white—had of themselves, their country, and the world. ...

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6. The Women’s Movement: An Idea Whose Time Had Come

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pp. 135-152

The women’s liberation movement of the 1960s grew out of the first coalition of black and white abolitionists, before the Civil War. Those ardent women and men succeeded in abolishing slavery with the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment (1865), but women were denied the right to vote that the Fifteenth Amendment (1868) gave ...

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7. Bloomington and the Counterculture in Southern Indiana

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pp. 153-171

When most students think about the 1960s, they usually think of hippies, or, in academic language, the counterculture. The stereotypical hip lifestyle that embraced “sex, drugs, and rock and roll” has become powerfully associated with that decade. Like most stereotypes, it has some truth, but there is also much more to the story of the ...

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Epilogue: The End of an Era at Indiana University

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pp. 172-184

The Sixties did not end precisely on December 31, 1969. The spirit of that decade lived on into the early 1970s. In one sense, the student antiwar movement ended with the massive demonstrations after the events at Kent State University in May 1970. Many young Americans admitted that they were tired of marching against a war that did not ...

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Conclusion

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pp. 185-188

What can we conclude about the significance of the 1960s in American culture as revealed in this history of Indiana University? Did the events of the 1960s make a difference? Absolutely. Changes that took place in the Sixties made American society and IU very different in almost every aspect from earlier years. ...

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

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pp. 189-190

To David P. Thelen, my advisor: I offer thanks for your enthusiasm, your irrepressible sense of humor, and your support for this project. It’s been a long, winding road from Columbia, Missouri, to Bloomington, Indiana, but I couldn’t have asked for a better guide or a better friend. Muchas gracias ...

NOTES

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pp. 191-204

SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY

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pp. 205-208

INDEX

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pp. 209-214