The Age of Great Dreams: America in the 1960s by David Farber gives its readers a sketch of the period of the 1960s which was marked by the emergence of violence, fear and discontent. The reading of chapter 10 in the book is equally significant to delve into the political scenario of America domestically in particular at that time. With Farber providing an insight into the mass culture prevelant at that time and that the policies of Kennedy and Nixon , the chapter indeeds makes for an interesting reading.
The chapter 10, encompasses the whole scenario of the 1960s, which gave rise to a standardized and centralized mass culture which emerged at the expense of other local cultures and their traditions. Farber makes the most interesting conclusions in the chapter related to the paradoxes and tensions which were involved in the maturation of the mass culture and the role of political figureheads such as Kennedy and Nixon. The age was characterized by the freedom of expression by many but it lost the moral values and traditions.
He reminds the readers in the chapter that many of the cultural movements and the fashions which exists in our culture today such as feminism, environmentalism, the rights of gays and use of cocaine as a recreation are actually the result of the phenomenal changes in the fabric of the society in 1970’s.
The chapter 10 of the book, carefully described the J.F. Kennedy’s administration and its rehtoric and the decisions he took in the war in Vietnam which was the result of the policies of the Cold War situation. There was a widespread prevalence of the American cultural contradictions in the society at large.
In chapter 10, Fraber, tends to explore the many popular movements of that time including the issues pertaining to the Kennedy’s and Nixon’s domestic policies and their foreign policies which resulted in the Bay of the Pigs invasion in 1961, the Cuban Missile crisis and the Kennedy’s anti communist election campaign which later resulted in carrying out a military troops combat in Vietnam.
The chapter clearly attempts to present the terrible accounts of the decade by linking them how they were shaped by the country’s grand projects of the past eras. The accounts of the movements and events are based on the years of research on oral histories, political and cultural historical literature. It fully deals with the most popular and intriguing issues and political scenario of the time. Without a through study of chapter 10, it is impossible to fully grasp the gist of the entire book.
Farber,D. The Age of Great Dreams: America in the 1960s. New York : Hill and Wang, 1994. Print.