The discussion of how people remember the Sixties rang a bell for me, since I do a double take when I hear someone call them a "terrible time." Perhaps this is because, though as a child I wasn't directly involved in the movements and was probably sheltered somewhat fron the scarier aspects, my radical parents and theIr younger friends we had over would talk about them and I picked up on the idealism. I suppose my sense of that time is also shaped by the cultural aspects I was more directly exposed to -- the music, the album covers and other art -- which I sensed to be connected to the movements.
The derogation of that period, even by some of a liberal bent, is reminiscent of Frederick Douglass's remark about those who desire a crop but fear the thunderstorm that brings rain.
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