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VIRTUAL BOOK TALK: The Shattering: America in the 1960s
Kevin Boyle in conversation with Lizabeth Cohen
On July 4, 1961, the rising middle-class families of a Chicago neighborhood gathered before their flag-bedecked houses, a confident vision of the American Dream. That vision was shattered over the following decade, its inequities at home and arrogance abroad challenged by powerful civil rights and antiwar movements. Assassinations, social violence, and the blowback of a “silent majority” shredded the American fabric. Covering the late 1950s through the early 1970s, The Shattering, focuses on the period’s fierce conflicts over race, sex, and war. Kevin Boyle captures the inspiring and brutal events of this passionate time, including the stories of well-known political leaders and everyday people, with a remarkable empathy that restores the humanity of those making this history.
Kevin Boyle is the author of Arc of Justice, winner of the National Book Award and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He is the William Smith Mason Professor of American History at Northwestern University and lives in Evanston, Illinois.
Lizabeth Cohen is the current Howard Mumford Jones Professor of American Studies in the History Department at Harvard University, as well as a Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor. From 2011-2018 she served as the Dean of Harvard's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.
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