Academic Questions

, Volume 31, Issue 1, pp 4–9 | Cite as

Fifty Years of the Sixties

  • Carol Iannone

The sixties. The counterculture. The peace movement, the sexual revolution, the revolt against authority, the repudiation of tradition, the campus upheavals, the miniskirt. When did it all begin? In 1960, at the start of the decade? Hardly. In 1962, with the publication of the Port Huron Statement, which signified the reemergence of left-wing activism after a period of quiescence? Or maybe 1963, with the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and the sense on the part of some that an Arthurian moment had passed. Or 1964–1965, with the so-called Free Speech Movement at the University of California, Berkeley. Or was it even earlier than all of these, in the hipster era of Allen Ginsberg, Greenwich Village, the folk music revival, and Jack Kerouac’s On the Road (1957)? This had its benign embodiment even in popular culture in the television comedy series, The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis(1959–1963), with its memorable, proto-beatnik character, Maynard G. Krebs (Bob Denver), who, if...

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  • Carol Iannone
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  1. 1.New YorkUSA

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