History is groovy.
Just one reason to visit the LBJ Library’s current exhibit Left to Right: Radical Movements of the 1960s. You’ll find the exhibit on the 4th floor of the Library and it’s on display through January 2, 2012.
The LBJ Library is open daily from 9 – 5. Admission and parking are free.
Left to Right
The upheavals and social disturbances that characterized the 1960s, clashes of generations, races, genders, cultural values, and political beliefs, appeared to have no end. Slogans from the movements became rallying cries: Yippie, Women’s Lib, Silent
Majority, Black Power, States’ Rights, Make Love Not War, Generation Gap, and No Grapes.
Editorial cartoonist Ben Sargent, who drew an iconic portrayal of the struggles between the movements, describes what visitors will see as the final image of the new exhibit, “From all the vast cast of characters on the political stage of the ’60s, we picked a few from the left and from the right who epitomized the highly energized public discourse of those revolutionary days, tugging on the flag whose American principles both sides thought they were fighting to preserve.”
Sandor Cohen is Curator of the exhibit. “The social and political divisions that existed in the 1960s are hard to imagine today,” said Cohen. “But we, as a nation, survived this traumatic time…proving, once again, that freedom of expression is our greatest and most enduring strength.”
As the 1970s took hold, however, wholesale changes resulting from the radical movements of the 1960s clearly created a different world than the one which preceded it. On the left, the movements against racial and gender discrimination ultimately moved society toward a more tolerant view of equality in the workplace, the home, and human relationships. On the right, the rise of mainstream conservatism as a major political movement -primarily espousing traditional values, individual freedom, and smaller government -became the dominant political force in the 1980s and 1990s.
The radical movements which sprung to life in the 1960s were emblematic of the political and social divides that existed in that time period. Were they necessary? Were they inevitable? How did they influence our society, and what is their legacy?
Left to Right: Radical Movements of the 1960s examines the impact both then and now.
At the LBJ Library, visitors have an opportunity to learn about one of this country’s most complex and fascinating presidents and the turbulent times of his administration. It is the only presidential library with free admission.
In the Library’s core historical and cultural exhibits, experience the personal and political lives of Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson, step into a replica of the Oval Office, examine the continuing impact of the Great Society, and view the anguish of the Vietnam War. The vast historical archives are an amazing resource for journalists, students, scholars, and the general public.
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