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Other Websites
The Sixties
A collection of essays, multimedia resources, and teachers' guides compiled by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

Berkeley in the 60s
The University of California at Berkeley's history of the 1964 free speech demonstrations, including a collection of photographs.

African American Odyssey: The Civil Rights Era
Selected photographs and documents from the Library of Congress' collection of Civil Rights Movement materials.

Freedom Summer
Letters, photographs, training materials, and other documents from the Civil Rights Digital Library at the University of Georgia.

Tonkin Gulf Crisis, 1964
The US Navy's account of the incident that led to the escalation of the Vietnam War.

Mad About the Boys: Rare Photos of Beatles Fans, 1964
Images of the Beatles' U.S. debut, from the photographers at LIFE magazine.

Report of the President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
The Warren Report, which determined that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in killing President Kennedy.

Cassius Clay and the Beatles
Sports Illustrated's photographs of the Beatles' meeting with Cassius Clay shortly before he won the heavyweight title.

The Sixties Project
A multimedia collection of resources on the 1960s created by the University of Virginia.


Caro, Robert. The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson. New York: Knopf, 2012.

Cohen, Robert. Freedom's Orator: Mario Savio and the Radical Legacy of the 1960s. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.

Coontz, Stephanie. A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s. New York: Basic Books, 2011.

Dallek, Robert. Flawed Giant: Lyndon Johnson and His Times. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.

Douglas, Susan. Where the Girls Are: Growing Up Female with the Mass Media. New York: Random House, 1995.

Friedan, Betty. The Feminine Mystique. New York: W.W. Norton, 1963.

Gitlin, Todd. The Sixties: Years of Hope, Days of Rage. New York: Bantam, 1993.

Kurlansky, Mark. Ready for a Brand New Beat: How "Dancing in the Street" Became the Anthem for a Changing America. New York: Riverhead, 2013.

Margolis, Jon. The Last Innocent Year: America in 1964. New York: William Morrow, 1999.

Perlstein, Rick. Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of American Consensus. New York: Hill & Wang, 2002.

Sitkoff, Harvard. The Struggle for Black Equality, 1954-1992. New York: Hill & Wang, 1993.

Watson, Bruce. Freedom Summer: The Savage Season of 1964 That Made Mississippi Burn and Made America a Democracy. New York: Viking, 2010.

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