A Fiction of the Past: The Sixties in American History by Dominick J. Cavallo

By Dominick J. Cavallo

Few occasions in the course of that whirlwind of routine, conflicts and upheaval referred to as "the sixties" took american citizens extra abruptly, or have been likely to motivate their rage, than the uprising of these who have been younger, white, and faculty informed. probably none were extra maligned or misunderstood on the grounds that. In A Fiction of the prior, Dominick Cavallo pushes previous the modern fog of fantasy, chilly disdain and hot nostalgia that shrouds the unconventional early life tradition of the '60s. He explores how the furiously chaotic sixties sprang from the relatively placid forties and fifties. The ebook digs past the post-World struggle II a long time and seeks the ancient resources of the adolescence tradition within the far away American previous. Cavallo exhibits how the sixties' such a lot radical rules and values have been deeply etched within the American soul.

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70 The same theme of a dominating wife put back in her proper place by the reasserted manhood of her husband was portrayed in the film version of Sloane Wilson’s novel The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (1956). The main character, played by Gregory Peck, is a talented, self-possessed individual who has the ability to succeed in the upper reaches of the corporate world. Perhaps lacking the drive or the instinct for power needed to make it as an executive, he prefers working for a nonprofit foundation.

They were willing to live (or die) by their own devices. They didn’t depend on employers or worry about the ups and downs of the economy. Most of all, they scorned the job routine that was the handmaiden of personal security. They stood apart from powerful institutions and public opinion. When the star of Lawman was asked by an interviewer to define the character he portrayed, he described traits opposed to that of the white collared organization man. ”68 Fears that affluence, the cult of security, “organization man” conformity and settling down to family life were undermining masculinity surfaced in some Hollywood films as well, both westerns and nonwesterns.

They “articulate caution” and strive “above all . . ” Stanford’s Wallace Stegner said his students lived the “other-directed” conformity to peer group values described by Riesman in The Lonely Crowd. Professor Charles Fenton of Yale criticized his students, most of whom he derided as prospective “company men,” for their uncritical dedication to the status quo. ” So it went, from one faculty member to another. Most admitted it was dangerous to generalize about an entire generation, and a few noted the presence of a small number of nonconformists on campus.

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