Further information on Winter 2019 courses


Tim Madigan: The 1960s: A Shared Experience


Course texts

Chris Matthews, Kennedy and Nixon: The Rivalry That Shaped Postwar America, Simon & Schuster, 2011 paperback, $18.
Tavis Smiley, Death of a King: The Real Story of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Final Year, Little Brown, 2014 paperback, $17.

Prices quoted are publishers’ list.  New copies will be available at Content bookstore in Northfield, normally at a 10% discount.  Alternatively, inexpensive used copies can be obtained from Amazon.com or AbeBooks.com.


Expanded description

Purpose: to explore the American experience of the 1960s and its historical impact on class members and our country.

Instructional Tools: Video clips, music, books, articles, instructor presentations, class discussion, and recollections.


Schedule of classes (subject to modification)

Week 1: Overview of class (with some video clips), schedule of topics, readings, etc. Plus, the sharing of class members’ personal experiences of growing up in the 1960s.

Week 2: National Politics – “The Greek Tragedy of the Kennedy/Nixon Decade.”   Reading: Chris Matthews, Kennedy and Nixon.

Week 3: Civil Rights, “We Shall Overcome v. Burn Baby Burn.”   Reading: Tavis Smiley, Death of a King.

Week 4: Vietnam War: “Light at the End of the Tunnel v. Ho Ho Ho Chi Minh.”

Week 5: Counter Culture: “Sex, Drugs, and Rock and Roll.”

Week 6: American Cities: “Reshaped, for Better or Worse.”

Week 7: Social Change: “Women’s Liberation, Role of Religion, and Family.”

Week 8: Impact of the “60s”, 50 Years later.