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This brainy feminist romp of a novel, loved by Rachel Cusk and Maria Semple, is often compared to Brideshead Revisited. But Carol Lefevre says it’s more like a sexy, sweary version of Nancy Mitford in 1960s London.
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Not the bright and optimistic period that pop art at first glance would suggest, a lot of Warhol’s work is about death and destruction.
Some Black college presidents stood at the forefront of the civil rights movement.
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College presidents worked both at the forefront and behind the scenes in fighting for African Americans’ civil rights in the 1960s.
Workmen dissecting a whale carcass in Antarctica, circa 1935.
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For 200 years, a small number of countries have exploited the marine wildlife of Antarctica, often with devastating impact on their populations.
An operation taking place in 1941 on South Side of Chicago.
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The US has a long history of forced sterilization campaigns that were driven by the bogus ‘science’ of eugenics, racism and sexism.
President John F. Kennnedy personally bid the first Peace Corps volunteers farewell.
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The agency’s earliest ad campaigns emphasized youthful idealism, patriotism and travel opportunities. That was an easier sell than urging Americans to enlist in an anti-communist operation.
Who broke up with whom?
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Unbridled ambition and bruised egos created an irreparable fissure.
A new slogan for an old problem.
Half a century after the federal government voided Jim Crow laws, the criminal justice system still discriminates against African Americans.
College yearbook editors in the 1960s juxtaposed pictures of traditional campus activities, such as Greek Life, alongside images of protests and marches.
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Recent blackface scandals that involve college yearbooks have overshadowed how yearbooks also chronicled important turning points in the history of US higher education, a historian argues.
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The Liverpool comic scored with the third-highest selling single of the 1960s.
Charles Manson leaves a Los Angeles courtroom in March 1970.
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Desperate to achieve fame by any means necessary, Manson was ahead of his time: Today, the delirious pursuit of fame has gone mainstream.
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The murderous cult leader’s notoriety has not diminished over four decades in a US jail.
On Dec. 23, 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono went to Parliament Hill in Ottawa to meet Pierre Trudeau. The Canadian prime minister was the only world leader to meet with the peace activists.
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John Lennon and Yoko Ono visited Canada on a peace mission: They met with leaders and asked difficult questions, relevant today. How do we effectively protest against social injustices and war?
He was a true heart breaker.
Music fans gather for the Rolling Stones’ ‘Gimme Shelter’ concert at California’s Altamont Speedway in 1969.
Musicians were able to connect with confused, scared and angry Americans – including those who supported the war – in a way actors, broadcasters and writers could not.
Students for a Democratic Society was the largest – and arguably most successful – student activist organization in U.S. history.
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Student protest has been in the political spotlight since Trump’s election. Todd Gitlin, former president of Students for a Democratic Society, shares his perspective on protest in the 60s and now.
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Donald Trump will preside over a new American reality as it takes shape. How can we understand it?
Ravers party hard even when surrounded by police – but the law is not on their side.
The 20th century saw battle lines drawn between music-driven youth movements and the state like none before.
The Black Panthers and Young Patriots hold a press conference in 1969.
In this article from 2017, a look at the coordination of strategy between white and Black activists to fight systemic class oppression.
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The V&A’s current exhibition, Revolution, highlights that all is not rosy from the vantage point of 2016.