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The Bad SixtiesHollywood Memories of the Counterculture, Antiwar, and Black Power Movements$
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Kristen Hoerl

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781496817235

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496817235.001.0001

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Contestation over Sixties Memory in the New Millennium

Contestation over Sixties Memory in the New Millennium

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(p.187) Conclusion Contestation over Sixties Memory in the New Millennium
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The Bad Sixties
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Kristen Hoerl

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496817235.003.0007

The conclusion discusses the implications of Hollywood’s selective amnesia regarding late sixties dissent for the 2016 presidential election campaign and contemporary social movements. It explains that while several recent television programs including the award-winning series Mad Men have provided caricatured portrayals of the counterculture, anti-war, and Black Power movements, independent films such as Cesar Chavez and Chicago 10 have celebrated collective protest. The chapter concludes that these recent portrayals of sixties-era activism reveal ongoing contestation about the decade, its legacy, and the role of dissent in contemporary politics. While the bad sixties endures in popular culture, other memories of dissent are resources for imagining empowering models of social justice organizing.

Keywords:   2016 presidential election campaign, Aquarius, Mad Men, Cesar Chavez, Chicago 10

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