The history of the founding of Kansas University and the siting of it in Lawrence all contributed to the situation and it was absolutely refreshing to learn all these details. Lawrence was a complex, rich and quite diverse place - except that the town blacks were pushed aside by overt and hidden racism. As grassroots social movements sprung up on college campuses and often spread to surrounding towns where participants debated race, the role of government, Vietnam, feminism, the Cold War, and other issues of the day, Americans that supported the status quo joined forces to oppose the activists and lend their own voices to the debate on the meaning of citizenship and patriotism. And yes, there were some right wing extremists too. I am ashamed to not know this history and I should have known it. And, of course, many were in it because they feared the draft - as evidenced by the sudden dramatic drop in participation the minute the draft wasn't a threat.
Tihen Historical Publications Award from the Kansas State Historical Society Communities across America were thrown into upheaval during the 1960s, when thousands of young people began to publicly question the status quo. We read a lot about the anti-war movement, but it was invisible until the late '60s in Lawrence. This is a story of pitched conflict in the heartland, told sympathetically yet dispassionately. Have to research this sometime if I live long enough. But it's not just the regional angle that makes this book so interesting. Did not know there was uprising of the black population at this time and for this reason I will probably read it sometime. Monhollon uncovers the voices of ordinary people on all sides of the political spectrum in the university town of Lawrence, Kansas, and reveals how Americans from a range of ideological and political perspectives responded to and tried to resolve political and social conflict in the 1960s.
My father was a professor but my friends were mostly blue collar people, and I was blue collar in the service enlisted. Winner of the Edward H. Missing is that for most people, for most of the time, the greatest issue was whether Lawrence High School's streak of state football championships would be endangered by adding a second high school to the town. I grew up near Lawrence and I remember the riots but didn't understand them. But, there were plenty of sincere people. Monhollon's account fits in the latter category. He reveals how Americans from a range of ideological and political perspectives responded to and tried to resolve political and social conflict in the 1960s.
Professor of History, Hamilton College, and co-author of America Divided: The Civil War of the 1960s'This Is America? Monhollon brings to light the sentiments of ordinary citizens across the political spectrum. As written, having a public swimming pool was delayed and was controversial, because it would have to be integrated. Surprisingly, this is the only book I could find on this topic. Monhollon presents a clearly written. But it's not just the regional angle that makes this book so interesting.
Another point he makes is that the threat of violence and disruption of community tranquility seems to have been effective, in accomplishing, for example, the successful opening of a municipal pool in 1969, and the creation of womens' studies and womens' services at The University of Kansas in the early '70s. Have not read the book yet but it is in good shape. The author does explore some of that history, but I found his social history lacking in detail, for exammple in delineating the differences between the local businesspeople and the university faculty, who often came from other parts of the country. Monhollon has fully explained how past history conspired against people on both sides three sides? He attributes way too much resistance to racism. When I was in high school, most people were in favor of the civil rights movement, but that, plus knowing that there was discrimination in Lawrence was pretty much it as far as civil rights in our world. Journal of American History Oxford Academic Citation Edward P.
The author paints people in a Manichaean light - you were mostly either on the left often, apparently, pretty saintly or a right wing racist reactionary. Communities across America were thrown into upheaval during the 1960s, when thousands of young people began to publicly question the status quo, particularly in terms of race, youth, and gender. One leader told me over a beer the kick he got from riling up naive kids. I wanted some detailed analysis of what really happened--was Rick Dowdell, a kid I went to junior high school with, armed when he was shot by police? My political science professor was an avowed socialist. Register a Free 1 month Trial Account.
I would liked also to have seen some information on the local draft board, and the local drug scene. Quotes are used in a way that suggests that anyone other than leftists are mistaken or extremists - often from the Lawrence Observer, a paper that, as a Lawrence resident, I didn't even know existed - it was that unimportant. In the past decade or so, a second wave, chiefly written by historians, has included archival investigations of discrete 1960s phenomena or locales and more general reinterpretations that reflect the prevalence of neoliberal ideology and the resurgent right in contemporary American politics. I grew up in Lawrence, Kansas in the '60s, and attended the University of Kansas during the time of the political protests, riots, violence, and police shootings that are among the most important events recounted in this book. That rich complexity is not very well displayed. But, the Lawrence paper certainly had a lot about life in the '60s in Lawrence, little of which made it into this book.