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Time It Was

American Stories from the Sixties, 1st Edition

By Karen Manners Smith, Tim Koster


464 pages

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What was it like to live through the Sixties? The writers of these 27 memoirs offer the essence of life and youth in the period. In first-person narratives that range from poignant reminiscences to dramatic adventures, the writers convey what it felt like to land a helicopter in the middle of a firefight in Vietnam, to be beaten and jailed for trying to integrate restaurants in the American South, to run for cover when soldiers opened fire on a campus peace rally in Ohio. Other stories describe the writers' experiences organizing farm workers with Cesar Chavez, campaigning to elect Barry Goldwater, striking for Free Speech at Berkeley, living in a commune, joining the women's liberation movement, becoming caught up in a religious cult, or camping in the rain at Woodstock.

Table of Contents

I. Vietnam


Wayne Coe: “Blackhawk Five Four”

Episodes in the life of a U.S. helicopter pilot

Paul Coe: “Letters Home”

A draftee writes to his family from Vietnam

Leah O’Leary: “The GIs Called Us Donut Dollies”

A Red Cross volunteer in Vietnam

Tim Koster: “United States Blues”

The Draft Lottery and an unlucky birthday

Ngoc Quang Huynh: “A Life in Flight”

Escaping post-war Vietnam

II. Struggles for Social Justice


Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons: “Mama Told Me Not to Go”

Working with SNCC in Mississippi, Freedom Summer 1964

Raymond Hubbard: “Deep in the Heart”

Growing up black in the Jim Crow South

Sara Evans: “Not My Mother’s Path”

A historian traces her journey to Women’s Liberation

Toby Marotta: “Students of Stonewall”

Encountering the militant Gay Liberation movement

Yolanda Retter Vargas: “Sisterhood is Possible”

The life of a feminist Latina lesbian.

Johnny Flynn: “Something in the Wind”

Spiritual renewal in the American Indian Movement.

III. Pathways


Tom Collins: “Hope House”

Volunteer tutoring with Upward Bound, 1965-1966

John Manners: “The Peace Corps: Kenya, 1968-1972”

Teaching school in Africa

Jim Fadiman: “Opening the Doors of Perception”

Psychedelics and research in the Sixties

Steve Diamond: “Back to the Land”

A search for simplicity and spiritual health

Karen Smith: “The Process”

Five years in a New Age religious cult

IV. Conservative Currents


John Werlich: Born on the Fourth of July

The making of a conservative

Robert Poole: Libertarian Awakening

Campus conservative movements and the 1964 “Goldwater for President” campaign

Ron McCoy: “It Ain’t Me Babe: Working for Richard Nixon”

An insider’s view of RichardNixon’s 1968 Republican presidential campaign.

Gerald Scott: “War on Drugs: A View From the Trenches”

Undercover in the DEA

V. Landmark Events


Pat Royse: “Fire in the Streets”

Reporting on the Cleveland Riots, July 1966.

Tara Gordon: “Chicago ‘68”

Innocence and violence at the Democratic Convention.

Sheila Lennon: “Three Days of Peace and Music”

Remembering the Woodstock Concert, 1969

Carole Barbato and Laura Davis “Ordinary Lives: May 4, 1970”

Two students recall the shootings at Kent State

VI. Speaking Out


Jackie Goldberg: “Sit Down! Sit Down!”

The Free Speech Movement at the University of California at Berkeley

Maria and Antonia Saludado: “Standing With Cesar”

Women in the United Farm Workers Movement

Sam Lovejoy: “Somebody’s Got to Do It”

Anti-Nuclear Activism and Civil Disobedience

About the Authors

Karen Manners Smith, Emporia State University

Tim Koster, Pacific Information Resources, Inc. dba Search Systems

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / United States / 20th Century
HISTORY / Social History