By Howard Gillette Jr.
Members of the Yale university type of 1964—the firstclass to matriculate within the 1960s—were poised to take in the positions of management that sometimes an Ivy League schooling. Their venture received precise urgency from the muse of John F. Kennedy’s presidency and the civil rights circulation because it moved north. eventually those males proved winning in conventional terms—in the professions, in politics, and in philanthropy—and but whatever used to be assorted. Challenged through the problems that may outline a brand new period, their lives took a couple of unforeseen turns. rather than confirming the triumphal viewpoint they grew up with within the years after international struggle II, they embraced new and infrequently conflicting rules. within the technique the gang splintered.
In Class Divide, Howard Gillette Jr. attracts really on a couple of hundred interviews with consultant contributors of the Yale category of ’64 to check how they have been challenged through the problems that might outline the Sixties: civil rights, the facility of the nation at domestic and in another country, sexual mores and private liberty, spiritual religion, and social accountability. between these whose lifestyles classes Gillette follows from their adolescence in collage over the years after commencement are the politicians Joe Lieberman and John Ashcroft, the Harvard humanities professor Stephen Greenblatt, the environmental chief Gus Speth, and the civil rights activist Stephen Bingham.
Although their Ivy League schooling gave them entry to positions within the nationwide elite, the participants of Yale ’64 still have been too divided to be a part of a unified management category. attempt as they may, they discovered it very unlikely to form a brand new consensus to switch the person who used to be undone of their university years and early adulthood.
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Class Divide: Yale ’64 and the Conflicted Legacy of the Sixties by Howard Gillette Jr.