Generation on Fire by Jeff Kisseloff
Voices of Protest from the 1960s, An Oral History

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The political and cultural upheaval of the '60s has become a subject blighted by misconceptions and stereotypes. To many, it is synonymous with widespread drug abuse, failed social experiments, and general irresponsibility. Despite sustained public interest, few remember that many of the freedoms and rights Americans enjoy today are the direct result of those who defied the established order during this tumultuous period. It was an era that challenged both mainstream and elite American notions of how politics and society should function. In Generation on Fire, Jeff Kisseloff's continuing work in oral history, witnesses speak about their motives and actions during the 1960s through the present. Kisseloff provides an eclectic and highly personal account of the political and social activity of the decade. Among other things, the book offers firsthand accounts of what it was like to face a mob's wrath in the segregated South and to survive the jungles of Vietnam. It takes readers inside the courtroom of the Chicago Eight and into a communal household in Vermont. From the stage at Woodstock to the playing fields of the NFL and finally to a fateful confrontation at Kent State, Generation on Fire brings the '60s alive again. In this riveting collection of never-before published interviews, Generation on Fire unapologetically contextualizes the world of the 1960s, illuminating the ingrained social and cultural obstacles facing those working for change as well as the courage and shortcomings of those who defied "acceptable" conventions and mores. Sometimes tragic, sometimes hilarious, the stories in this volume celebrate the passion, courage, and independent thinking that led a generation to believe change for the better was possible.


About Jeff Kisseloff

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Jeff Kisseloff began his journalism career as a sportswriter and has since written two highly praised books for adults. He was an editor for a Scholastic magazine and is the author of a CD-ROM, Baseball's Greatest Hits. His most prized possession is a brick from Ebbets Field. He lives in Sleepy Hollow, New York.
Published December 29, 2006 by The University Press of Kentucky. 301 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Daily Kos

Weirdly, the civil rights and hard-core anti-war vets and activists interviewed express more frustration – and take very less personal credit – for their accomplishments than some of the "avant garde" lifestyle activists interviewed.

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Project MUSE

In a short introduction and fifteen chapters, he offers enlivening primary accounts by a cross-section of Sixties activists, including Freedom Rider Bernard Lafayette, Civil Rights activist Gloria Richardson Dandridge, women's liberationist Marilyn Salzman Webb, counterculture icons Peter Berg, B...

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Reading the book, one hopes that a new generation of believers—maybe regular folks like you and me—will be moved to stand up and achieve dramatic results, throwing fresh sand in the gears of the death machine.

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