January 13, 2010
As a history professor with a special interest in the Vietnam era, I
have a project that might be of interest to your readers.
I am researching and writing a book on the 1960s as seen through the
eyes of American children.
For many Americans like myself who were born between 1956 and 1970
and are now in our 40s and 50s the "sixties experience" was a
fundamental part of our childhood and remains central in our lives today.
I would like to hear stories from this generation about growing up in
the United States during the turbulent 1960s in order to understand
the meaning of "the sixties" from the perspective of children.
How did you experience the Vietnam era's powerful historical forces
between John F. Kennedy's inauguration in 1961 and Richard Nixon's
resignation in 1974 in your life as a child?
What did things such as the Vietnam War, civil rights movement, the
Beatles, hippies, assassinations, moon landings and protest mean to
you as a preadolescent?
Ultimately, has your unique perspective on "the sixties" had any
impact on you as an adult?
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org; on Facebook at "Children of
the Sixties," or at the address listed below.
Dr. Joel P. Rhodes
Department of History
Southeast Missouri State University
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701