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William Sloane Coffin

Rev. William Sloane Coffin, center, followed by his sister Mary Lindsey, left, arrives at the Federal Building in Boston in this May 20, 1968 file photo. Coffin and four others including Dr. Benjamin Spock were preparing to go on trial … Continue reading

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The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath (1963)

“The Bell Jar is the only novel written by the American writer and poet Sylvia Plath. Originally published under the pseudonym ‘Victoria Lucas’ in 1963, the novel is semi-autobiographical, with the names of places and people changed. The book is … Continue reading

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Stewart Udall – The Quiet Crisis (1963)

“Between last Earth Day and today–in fact, in March, during the final healthcare votes–Stewart Udall died. He was appointed by President Kennedy to serve as Secretary of Interior in 1961, and stayed under President Johnson until 1969, just before the … Continue reading

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The Bedford Incident (1965)

“The Bedford Incident is a 1965 British–American Cold War film starring Richard Widmark and Sidney Poitier and coproduced by Widmark. The cast also features Eric Portman, James MacArthur, Martin Balsam and Wally Cox, as well as early appearances by Donald … Continue reading

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October 1964 – David Halberstam

“The 1964 baseball season didn’t happen just so David Halberstam could come along and write about it, but it certainly seems that way, especially 30 years later. At the time, the 1964 baseball season, which culminated in a memorable seven-game … Continue reading

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Advice for Soldiers in Vietnam: ‘The Fish is Good’

“Most American soldiers landing in Vietnam in the 1960s were handed a ninety-three-page booklet called A Pocket Guide to Vietnam. Produced by the Department of Defense, it described how small, well-proportioned, dignified, and restrained Vietnamese people are, how the delicately-boned … Continue reading

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San Francisco Renaissance

“The term San Francisco Renaissance is used as a global designation for a range of poetic activity centered on San Francisco, which brought it to prominence as a hub of the American poetry avant-garde. However, others (e.g., Alan Watts, Ralph … Continue reading

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