Betty Friedan (1921–2006), a leading feminist, published the landmark book The Feminine Mystique in 1963. Friedan graduated from Smith College in 1942 and was married in 1947. After ten years as a mother and a housewife, Friedan found herself frustrated by the confinement of her situation and lack of options as a woman. She studied the lives and dissatisfaction of American women and published her findings in The Feminine Mystique. The book was an instant success. In 1966 Friedan cofounded the National Organization for...
The Bay of Pigs (Bahia de Chochinos) was the landing spot for a tactical invasion of Cuba by exiles and American-sponsored mercenaries. The invasion was planned by the CIA and supported by President John F. Kennedy. It was a failure and humiliation for the United States in its fight against communism, Fidel Castro, and Cuba’s Soviet alliance.
Marc Dolan, an English and American Studies scholar at John Jay College, City University of New York (CUNY), discusses his new book, Bruce Springsteen and the Promise of Rock ’n’ Roll (W.W. Norton, 2012).
This online exhibition of letters and audio, created by the Gilder Lehrman Institute and the Legacy Project, features correspondence from over 200 years of American conflicts, ranging from the Revolution to the war in Iraq. This exhibition uses the words of famous generals and lesser-known troops, as well as parents, sweethearts, and children, to explore such themes as leaving home, life in the military, the pride and worries of those left behind, and ultimate sacrifice.