Sixties

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Adventures in Marxism
Berman, Marshall
Book
1999
Marshall Berman explores and rejoices in the emancipatory potential of Marxism.
The Berkeley Student Revolt: Facts and Interpretations
Lipset, Seymour Martin; Wolin, Sheldon S. (ed.)
Book
1965
An anthology of writings on the Berkely student revolt of 1964.
Canada's 1960s: The Ironies of Identity in a Rebellious Era
Palmer, Bryan D.
Book
2008
A history of social movements of the 1960s, including Canada’s student and anti-war movements, the rise of women’s liberation, labour agitation, and Quebec’s independence movement.
The Case for Grassroots Archives
Diemer, Ulli
Article
2012
Grassroots archives play a valuable role in what has been called "the battle of memory". People's history projects such as grassroots archives preserve and share stories of resistance, hidden historie...
Chicago '68
Farber, David
Book
1988
A vivid history of the political and social movements of that turbulent time, when the power structure felt itself threatened by social movements that rejected much of what it stood for.
Cohn-Bendit, Daniel: Connexipedia Article
Article
Political activist and politician, active in France and Germany. A student leader during the May 1968 revolt in France. (Born 1945).
Counterculture: Connexipedia Article
Article
Sociological term used to describe the values and norms of behavior of a cultural group, or subculture, that run counter to those of the social mainstream of the day.
Counterculture of the 1960s: Connexipedia Article
Article
A cultural movement that mainly developed in the North America and England and spread throughout much of the western world between 1960 and the mid-1970s as a reaction against the political conservati...
Democracy is in the Streets: From Port Huron to the Siege of Chicago
Miller, James
Book
1987
A thoughtful and evocative history of the American New Left in the 1960's, looking critically but sympathetically at the struggles and passions of that period.
An Execution in the Family: One Son's Journey
Meeropol, Robert
Book
2003
A memoir by the son of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, who were executed in 1953 after being convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage.
Fire in the Streets: America in the 1960s
Viorst, Milton
Book
1980
A political and cultural history of each year of the 1960's, focusing on one person to exemplify the year. Activist John Lewis is used to emphasize the Civil Rights movements heating up in 1960; Clark...
Framing the Sixties: Corporate Media Shadows and the 1960s
Jacobs, Ron
Article
2010
What Really Happened to the 1960s is a look at the role the media played in the presentation and interpretation of the struggles of the 1960s. Simultaneously, it is a consideration of the meaning of ...
Free Speech Movement Archives
Website
Documenting the history of the 1960s Free Speech Movement at Berkeley.
Free Speech Movement (Berkeley): Connexipedia Article
Article
A student protest which took place during the 1964-1965 academic year on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley after student activists, some of whom had traveled with the Freedom Riders...
Freedom rides: Connexipedia Article
Article
Freedom Riders were Civil Rights activists who rode on interstate buses into the segregated southern United States.
Freedom Summer
McAdam, Doug
Book
1990
An analysis of the 1964 Freedom Summer movement and the myths surrounding the campaign and 60s activism in general.
French Revolution 1968
Seale, Patrick, & McConville, Maureen
Book
1968
Seale and McConville set out to relate what happened during the May 1968 revolt in France, to set the explosion in its context of French politics, and to single out what they take to be the original a...
Harvey Richards Media Archive: Movement Photographer of the 1960s
Website
The Harvey Richards Media Archive contains a treasure of images of the political and social upheavals of the 1960s on the west coast and of the devastating impact of capitalist resource exploitation i...
Hippies: Connexipedia Article
Article
A subculture which was originally a youth movement that began in the United States during the early 1960s and spread around the world.
Human Be-In: Connexipedia Article
Article
A happening in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, the afternoon and evening of January 14, 1967
I Ain't Marchin' Anymore
Rader, Dotson
Book
The Imagination of the New Left: A Global Analysis of 1968
Katsiaficas, George
Book
1987
Brings to life the social movements and events of the 1960s that made it a period of world-historical importance: the Prague Spring; the student movements in Mexico, Japan, Sri Lanka, Italy, Yugoslavi...
Interview with Ulli Diemer
Diemer, Ulli; Orchard, Jeff
Article
1990
Jeff Orchard interviews Ulli Diemer about socialism, capitalism, life, and social change.
Is that an archive in your basement... or are you just hoarding?: Sources News Release
Article
2012
Are you an 'accidental archivist'? Have you been saving the publications and documents produced by the social justice projects you've been involved in? Then Connexions would like to hear from you.
The Joy of Revolution
Knabb, Ken
Book
1997
Knabb says "What is needed, I believe, is a worldwide participatory-democracy revolution that would abolish both capitalism and the state. This is admittedly a big order, but I'm afraid that nothing l...
Long March, Short Spring: The Student Uprising at Home and Abroad
Ehrenreich, Barbara, Ehrenreich, John
Book
1969
An examination of the world student rebellions of the late 1960s.
Long Way From Home: The story of the Sixties generation in Canada
Kostash, Myrna
Book
1980
An account of the upheavals and transformations experienced by those who came of age in the 1960s, a time when international currents of change intersected with specifically Canadian events and circum...
Looking for Democracy
Diemer, Ulli
Article
1989
Instead of sitting on the sidelines congratulating ourselves on how wonderfully free and democratic we are, we should be pressing for a radical democratization of our own society.
The Mandate of Heaven: Marx and Mao in Modern China
Harris, Nigel
Book
1978
China’s transformation from a poor country devastated by war into a major world power is a modern legend. But how did this change come about? What are the real living conditions of the peasants and wo...
March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom: Connexipedia Article
Article
Large political rally that took place in Washington, D.C. on August 28, 1963 at which Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his historic "I Have a Dream" speech advocating racial harmony at the Lincoln Me...
A Marxist History of the World part 99: 1968 - the long sleep ends
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2012
The long sleep of the post-war period was brought to an end in 1968, as revolts erupted across the developed world.
Mass Media in the Making and Unmaking of the New Left
Gitlin, Todd
Book
1980
An analysis of the media's prediliction for "politics of confrontation" in America in the late 60's. He focuses on how the media distorted the anti-war movement.
May 1968 Graffiti
Article
1968
"Don't consume Marx, live him."
Merry Pranksters: Connexipedia Article
Article
Group of people who formed around American author Ken Kesey in 1964 and who promoted the use of psychedelic drugs.
Montreal revolutionaries, Canadian security and race: An interview with author David Austin
Christoff,Stefan
Article
2013
Recently, Montreal writer David Austin published Fear of a Black Nation: Race, Sex, and Security in Sixties Montreal, a groundbreaking work that details the significant breadth and scope of Black Powe...
The New Left: A Collection of Essays
Long, Priscilla (ed.), Introduction by Staughton Lynd
Book
1969
Essays from participants in the American New Left of the 1960s.
New Left: Connexipedia Article
Article
Left-wing movements in different countries in the 1960s and 1970s .
The New Left at 40: Legacy and Continuity
Roussopoulos, Dimitrios (ed.)
Book
2007
A collection of memoirs and commentaries.
The New Left in Canada
Roussopoulos, Dimitrios
Book
1970
A book of essays on the 1960s New Left in Canada, by members of the New Left.
The New Left Reader
Oglesby, Carl (ed.)
Book
1969
An anthology of writings from the 1960s New Left.
The New Radicals: A Report with Documents
Jacobs, Paul; Landau, Saul
Book
1966
An analytical portrait of the young radical activists who have repudiated traditional liberalsim and who seek a new vision of American through civil rights, university reform, and anti-war and anti-po...
The New Student Left: An Anthology
Cohen, Mitchell; Hale, Dennis
Book
1966
A collection of essays by active participants in the 1960s student movement on American college campuses.
New World Coming: The Sixties and the Shaping of Global Consciousness
Dubinsky, Karen; Krull, Catherine; Lord, Susan; Mills, Sean; Rutherford, Scott
Book
2009
The 1960 Sit-ins in Context
Oppenheimer, Marty
Article
2010
The Civil Rights Movement that we associate with the 1960s was the culmination of a vast set of social and economic changes. The tradition of Black struggle itself, going back to the very beginnings o...
Obsolete Communism: The Left-Wing Alternative
Cohn-Bendit, Daniel; Cohn-Bendit, Gabriel
Book
1968
An account of the May 1968 uprising in Paris, positing a left radical alternative to the encrusted beliefs of the old left and the right. A comment on power, on bureaucracy, and on the paths to libera...
On Being Watched in the 60s: When Police Power was Embraced as a Form of Government
Smith, Sam
Article
2013
There would seem to be the notion that the Sixties were the product of immaculate conception. In fact, they were more an act of conversion, conversion of the isolated, unfocussed, dispersed and inarti...
Outlaws of America: The Weather Underground and the Politics of Solidarity
Berg, Daniel
Book
2005
Based on interviews with former Weather Underground members, as well as with civil rights activists, Black Panthers, Young Lords, and others.
Paul Goodman: Writing on the Web
Website
Writings of the social critic Paul Goodman.
Phil Ochs Lives!: "There But For Fortune"
Simmons, Michael
Article
2011
Phil Ochs and his influence.
Protests of 1968: Connexipedia Article
Article
The Protests of 1968 consisted of a worldwide series of protests, largely led by students and workers.
Reflections on the Revolution in France: 1968
Posner, Charles (Editor)
Book
1970
In May 1968 France was on the threshold of something entirely new. In this 'pre-revolutionary situation' nothing went unquestioned. The writers, trade unionists and students who contribute to this vol...
Resources from Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and related groups and activities
Website
a listing of the major memoirs written about Students for a Democratic Society, and a link to one major collection of the documents written at the time in PDF format.
Response to May '68 Revisited
Birchall, Ian
Article
2016
"May '68 was another step in the modernization of French capitalism." So was 1789, but it was a lot more too.
Revolution for the Hell of It
Free (Hoffman, Abbie)
Book
1968
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The Revolution Game: The Short Unhappy Life of the Company of Young Canadians
Daly, Margaret
Book
1970
A historical overview of the Company of Young Canadians.
Revolutionary Nonviolence: Essays by Dave Dellinger
Dellinger, Dave
Book
1970
Dellinger says that "those of us who oppose the violence of the status quo and reject the violence of armed revolt and class hatred bear a heavy responsibility to struggle existentially to provdew non...
Rochdale: The Runaway Collage
Sharpe, David
Book
1987
Toronto's Rochdale College began as an experiment in living and learning, and ended as a symbpl of the flower-child Sixties, a financial and social controversy. Sharpe tells the story of the college's...
Seeds of Fire: A People's Chronology
Diemer, Ulli
Article
2012
Recalling events that happened on this day in history. Memories of struggle, resistance and persistence.
Situationist International Anthology
Knabb, Ken
Book
1981
A selection of Situationist writings.
The Situationists and the Occupation Movements (1968/2011)
Knabb, Ken
Article
2011
In what ways does the Occupy movement of 2011 resemble the French Situationists of the 1960s?
The Sixties Papers: Documents of a Rebellious Decade
Albert, Judith Clavir; Albert, Stewart Edward (eds.)
Book
1984
The Sixties: Years of Hope, Days of Rage
Gitlin, Todd
Book
1987
One of the best books on the Sixties in the U.S., bringing to life the political and cultural currents, including especially the music, which raged during that decade, and setting them in historical c...
'68: The Year of the Barricades
Caute, David
Book
1988
Caute's book looks at the explosive year 1968 (while situating it in the context of what had led up to it). One of the great strengths of this excellent book is that it looks at what was happening aro...
Smoking Typewriters: The Sixties Underground Press and the Rise of Alternative Media in America
McMillian, John
Book
2011
Describes the emergence of an underground press in the 1960s. Writers and participants reflected the spirit of cultural and political protest and encouraged the development of the New Left's highly de...
Socialism and Revolution
Gorz, Andre
Book
1967
Representative democracy in every industrially advanced country is in a state of profound crisis. But we have been accustomed for so long to accept democracy in the form of its outward appearances and...
Storming Heaven: 1968 Revisted
Ali, Tariq
Article
2008
The eruptions of 1968 challenged the power structures north and south, east and west. Countries in each continent were infected with the desire for change. Hope reigned supreme.
Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee: Connexipedia Article
Article
One of the principal organizations of the American Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s.
Students for a Democratic Society: A Graphic History
Pekar, Harvey; Buhle, Paul
Book
2008
The History of SDS as You've Never Seen It Before. Captures the idealism and activism that drove a generation of young Americans to try to transform the world.
Summer of Love: Connexipedia Article
Article
The summer of 1967, when as many as 100,000 people converged on the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco.
Tlatelolco massacre: Connexipedia Article
Article
A government massacre of student and civilian protesters and bystanders that took place during the afternoon and night of October 2, 1968 in Mexico City.
Turn on tune in - hippie photos unseen for decades
Bragman, Bob
Article
2016
A recent visit to the Chronicle's basement archives to look for hippie-related photos paid off with some wonderful images that have not been seen in several decades. Many of them were taken in San Fr...
Uncovering the Sixties: Life and Times of the Undergound Press
Peck, Abe
Book
1985
A book about the Sixties and how they were recorded by radical participants. It traces how movements and communities convinced that their news did not fit into the agenda of mainstream media covered t...
Underground press: Connexipedia Article
Article
Independently published and distributed underground papers associated with the counterculture of the late 1960s and early 1970s in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and other western nations.
Underground Times
Verzuh, Ron
Book
1989
The story of Canadian 'underground' newspapers of the 1960s.
Up Against the Ivy Wall
Friedman, Robert
Book
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We Are Everywhere
Rubin, Jerry
Book
What Really Happened to the 1960s: How Mass Media Culture Failed American Democracy
Morgan, Edward P.
Book
2010
A historical overview, critical analysis, and appraisal of the 1960s. Drawing upon historical and media studies, theories of capitalism and democracy, and in-depth study of the era's social movements,...
Wobblies & Zapatistas: Conversations on Anarchism, Marxism and Radical Theory
Lynd, Staughton; Grubacic, Andrej
Book
2008
Wobblies and Zapatistas offers readers an encounter between two generations and two traditions. Staughton Lynd and Andrej Grubacic meet in dialogue in an effort to bring together the anarchist and Mar...
Woodstock: The Oral History
Makower, Joel
Book
1989
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Worker-Student Action Committees France May '68
Gregoire, R.; Perlman, F.
Book
1969
An account of the May-June 1968 events in Paris. The authors state that "our intention is not to 'clarify' the sequence of events which took place in France in order to make possible a ritual repetiti...

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AK Press
AK Press is a worker-run collective that publishes and distributes radical books, visual and audio media, and other mind-altering material. We're small: a dozen people who work long hours for short mo...
Bureau of Public Secrets
Articles from a Situationist perspective.
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The Connexions Archive & Library is Toronto-based project dedicated to keeping alive the rich history of grassroots movements for social justice. Connexions preserves 'alternative' histories that r...

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Break Their Haughty Power
Goldner, Loren
Website
Articles on capitalism, socialism, and revolution, from a left-Marxist perspective.
Bureau of Public Secrets
Website
Articles from a Situationist perspective.
(Why) Did the Sixties Fail?
Hayley, Ron
Article
1986
A brief examination of the social movements of the 1906s, and the underlying contradictions which led them to be unsuccessful.