||Winner of the Edward H. Tihen Historical Publications Award from the Kansas State Historical SocietyCommunities across America were thrown into upheaval during the 1960s, when thousands of young people began to publicly question the status quo. Grassroots social movements sprung up on hundreds of college campuses and often spread to surrounding towns, where participants debated race, the role of government, Vietnam, feminism, the cold war, and other issues of the day. Yet this dynamic did not occur in a vacuum: Americans that supported the status quo came together to oppose the activists, and joined a national debate on the meaning of citizenship and patriotism. Rusty L. Monhollon uncovers the voices of ordinary people on all sides of the political spectrum in the university town of Lawrence, Kansas. He reveals how Americans from a range of ideological and political perspectives responded to and tried to resolve political and social conflict in the 1960s. By focusing on a single community, Monhollon vividly demonstrates that the war at home reached deep into the nation's core, and affected the lives of ordinary citizens on a daily basis.
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||In 1970, the college town of Lawrence, Kansas teetered on the brink of a riot after policemen shot and killed two men - one black, the other white. For almost two weeks, the National Guard patrolled the streets, attempting to quell arson and sniper fire, while armed vigilantes promised to restore law and order against armed Left radicals.|"This is America?" examines how Lawrencians from all hues on the political spectrum responded when the tumultuous events of the 1960s arrived in their backyards. Drawing on a vast array of local opinion on both national and local issues, Rusty L. Monhollon expands the history of this period by placing the actions and voices of civil rights and antiwar activists, hippies, and feminists alongside conservatives and anticommunists. In doing so, he provides a rich narrative of the 1960s that moves away from national events to local stories and actors. Monhollon demonstrates that America's experience in the 1960s was not confined to urban areas and elite universities - it played itself out in the homes, streets, and minds of citizens throughout the country.