The 1960s in Historical Perspective, Led by Michael Flamm, Ohio Wesleyan University, and Michael Kazin, Georgetown University

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This course explores a controversial era shrouded in myths and memories. Among the topics it examines are the presidencies of John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, and Richard Nixon; the Civil Rights Movement; the Vietnam War; the New Left; the counterculture; the women’s movement; the gay movement; the conservative movement; the international dimension of youth protest; and the legacies of the 1960s. The aim of this course is to provide a balanced history of a turbulent time that continues to influence American politics, society, and culture.

• Twelve lectures
• Primary source readings to complement the lectures
• A certificate of completion for 15 hours of professional development credit

Readings: The suggested readings for each seminar session will be listed on the “Resources” link on the course site. Please note that you are not required to read or purchase any print materials. The quizzes are based on the lectures.

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Michael Flamm, a professor of history at Ohio Wesleyan, is a scholar of modern American political history. At Ohio Wesleyan, he has received three teaching prizes including the university’s highest honor, the Bishop Herbert Welch Meritorious Teaching Award. As a Fulbright scholar and senior specialist, Flamm has taught numerous times in Argentina. In addition, he has served as a faculty consultant to the National Endowment for the Humanities, the College Board, and the National Academy of Sciences. He is also an elected member of the executive board of the Organization of American Historians.

Michael Kazin, a professor of history at Georgetown University, is an expert in US politics and social movements and the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He is the author of War against War: The American Fight for Peace, 1914–1918 (2017), which was named an Editor’s Choice by the New York Times Book Review and was awarded the Elise M. Boulding Prize for the best book in peace history by the Peace History Society, and American Dreamers: How the Left Changed a Nation (2011).