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Beyond the Barricades: The Sixties Generation Grows Up

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What happens to youthful idealism as people leave their youth behind? ...Where do young revolutionaries go when the revolution doesn't happen? This book demonstrates that the students of the sixties generation outgrew their political ideals and channeled their energies into building lucrative careers and accumulating material goods.
Paperback, 278 pages
Published January 17th 1990 by Temple University Press (first published 1989)
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Jul 21, 2009 rated it really liked it
I came to this book after doing some research for a poem I was writing (see: which will link you to it during the month of August 2009) trying to recapture and express my experience of the February 1970 rebellion in the streets of Isla Vista, California that resulted, among other things, in the burning of the Bank of America branch in that community. The book, presumably rewritten primarily from Jack Whalen's PhD dissertation, worries a bit too much for m ...more
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May 06, 2010 rated it liked it
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Focusing on the UC Santa Barbara students that experienced the riots of Isla Vista in the 1960s - whether as participants, sympathizers, onlookers, or hostile parties - this book asks the question: does youthful experience in a movement influence a person's adult life? The shocking conclusion: it does.

Sarcasm aside, Whalen does make this point in a political milieu that is ever trying to erase the "excesses" of the 1960s and relegate it all to "youthful rebellion."
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