The Sixties: The Times They Are a-Changin'

1968
The Great American Drama:
Something's Happening Here

An Unfamiliar Nation

In only five years' time, America had turned upside down! Old class lines were blurred by the spread of an affluent middle class and the rise of public conscience. Blacks were splintered by violence and hatred. Young people had staked out a counterculture that rejected conventional society and embraced communal lifestyles, psychedelic music and experimental drugs.

The race to the moon continued at a frantic pace while pollution on earth threatened to destroy our ecology. The Vietnam conflict erupted into a crippling war with tens of thousands of fatalities. The gains of President Johnson's "Great Society" were overshadowed by riots and demands for sweeping change.

Photograph of The Sixties exhibit.

Poetic License

Political and social turmoil was reflected in law, education, music, literature, the arts, entertainment, and fashion. All offered fresh possibilities for shock and confrontation. Taboo subjects came to the forefront: homosexuality, interracial relationships, mind-expanding chemicals, free love, bigotry, mystic religions. America was now an angry and divided nation.

Photograph of The Sixties exhibit.

 

1963
1968

Tales of Camelot
The Cold War Warms Up
Racing To The Moon
Civil Rights On The March
Teen Angels
The Swinging Sixties
Sun 'n' Surf Meets London Turf
The Awakening of America
Camelot Finale

Something's Happenin' Here
Vietnam : A Young Man's Hell
Black Power
Rat Race Refugees
Talkin' 'Bout My Generation
Establishment Up Against the Ivied Wall
The Nixon Era Begins
To the Moon
The Legacy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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