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Class Divide
Author: Howard Gillette

ISBN: 9780801453656
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 312
Published: 22 April 2015
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.6 x 2.5
Description:
Members of the Yale College class of 1964-the first class to matriculate in the 1960s-were poised to take up the positions of leadership that typically followed an Ivy League education. Their mission gained special urgency from the inspiration of John F. Kennedy's presidency and the civil rights movement as it moved north. Ultimately these men proved successful in traditional terms-in the professions, in politics, and in philanthropy-and yet something was different. Challenged by the issues that would define a new era, their lives took a number of unexpected turns. Instead of confirming the triumphal perspective they grew up with in the years after World War II, they embraced new and often conflicting ideas. In the process the group splintered. In Class Divide, Howard Gillette Jr. draws particularly on more than one hundred interviews with representative members of the Yale class of '64 to examine how they were challenged by the issues that would define the 1960s: civil rights, the power of the state at home and abroad, sexual mores and personal liberty, religious faith, and social responsibility. Among those whose life courses Gillette follows from their formative years in colle...

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