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Title:
Framing the Sixties The Use and Abuse of a Decade from Ronald Reagan to George W. Bush
Author:
Bothmer, Bernard von, 1967-
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9781613760529
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Publication Information:
Amherst : University of Massachusetts Press, c2010. (Baltimore, Md. : Project MUSE, 2015)
Physical Description:
1 online resource (x, 290 p. )
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Book collections on Project MUSE.
Contents:
Introduction: framing the frame -- "The sixties" : defining an era -- Blaming "the sixties" : the rise of Ronald Reagan -- A tale of two sixties : Reagan's use of JFK and LBJ -- Reagan and the memory of the Vietnam war -- Remembering Vietnam and the civil rights movement : George H.W. Bush's 1960s -- George H.W. Bush and the great society -- Bill Clinton and the heroes of the 1960s : using liberal icons for conservative ends -- Vietnam and "the sixties" in the Clinton presidency -- The "un-sixties" candidate : George W. Bush -- Framing John Kerry : the 2004 presidential campaign and "the sixties" -- Conclusion: the persistent power of the 1960s.
Abstract:
"Over the past quarter century, American liberals and conservatives alike have invoked memories of the 1960s to define their respective ideological positions and to influence voters. Liberals recall the positive associations of what might be called the "good Sixties" - the "Camelot" years of JFK, the early civil rights movement, and the dreams of the Great Society - while conservatives conjure images of the "bad Sixties" - a time of urban riots, antiwar protests, and countercultural revolt." "In Framing the Sixties, Bernard von Bothmer examines this battle over the collective memory of the decade primarily through the lens of presidential politics. He shows how four presidents - Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush - each sought to advance his political agenda by consciously shaping public understanding of the meaning of "the Sixties." He compares not only the way that each depicted the decade as a whole, but also their commentary on a set of specific topics: the presidency of John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson's "Great Society" initiatives, the civil rights movement, and the Vietnam War." "In addition to analyzing the pronouncements of the presidents themselves, von Bothmer draws on interviews he conducted with more than one hundred and twenty cabinet members, speechwriters, advisers, strategists, historians, journalists, and activists from across the political spectrum - from Julian Bond, Daniel Ellsberg, Todd Gitlin, and Arthur Schlesinger to James Baker, Robert Bork, Phyllis Schlafly, and Paul Weyrich."--BOOK JACKET.
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