By Howard Gillette Jr.
Members of the Yale university type of 1964—the top quality to matriculate within the 1960s—were poised to take in the positions of management that sometimes an Ivy League schooling. Their undertaking won distinctive urgency from the foundation of John F. Kennedy’s presidency and the civil rights flow because it moved north. eventually those males proved profitable in conventional terms—in the professions, in politics, and in philanthropy—and but anything was once diverse. Challenged by way of the problems that will outline a brand new period, their lives took a few unforeseen turns. rather than confirming the triumphal point of view they grew up with within the years after international struggle II, they embraced new and infrequently conflicting rules. within the strategy the gang splintered.
In Class Divide, Howard Gillette Jr. attracts rather on a couple of hundred interviews with consultant contributors of the Yale category of ’64 to check how they have been challenged by way of the problems that may outline the Sixties: civil rights, the facility of the country at domestic and in a foreign country, sexual mores and private liberty, non secular religion, and social accountability. between these whose existence classes Gillette follows from their youth in university 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 join a unified management type. attempt as they may, they discovered it very unlikely to form a brand new consensus to switch the one who used to be undone of their collage years and early adulthood.
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Class Divide: Yale ’64 and the Conflicted Legacy of the Sixties by Howard Gillette Jr.