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America Since 1945—E-Seminar 4, The Subversive Fifties
Resource Type: E-Seminar
Taught by: Alan Brinkley


In The Subversive Fifties, the fourth e-seminar in the series America Since 1945, the eminent historian Alan Brinkley discusses a variety of early counterculture movements—literary, social, and environmental—whose origins date back to the 1950s and early 1960s. He also covers the roots of the civil-rights movement, discussing the Montgomery bus boycott, in which Martin Luther King Jr. first gained national attention.
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Document-Based QuestionsDocument-Based QuestionsTeaching ActivitiesTeaching Activities

1. The Counterculture




1. Conformity and the Counterculture

2. Segregation



Point-CounterpointPoint-CounterpointClassroom SimulationsClassroom Simulations

1. The Subversive 1950s

2. Domestic Containment and Feminism




1. The Avant-Garde Artists of the 1950s





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