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Isserman’s America Divided Updated in Sixth Edition


Maurice Isserman
Maurice Isserman  Photo: Nancy L. Ford

The sixth edition of America Divided: The Civil War of the 1960s was recently published. Co-authored by Maurice Isserman, the Publius Virgilius Rogers Professor of American History, and Michael Kazin of Georgetown University, the first edition was published in 2000 and was named one of The Washington Post’s “Best Books” that year.

According to publisher Oxford University Press, updates in this edition include an exploration of changes to immigration law during the 1960s, additional discussion of the Black Panther Party, Andy Warhol’s impact on American culture, and “new insight into the changes in American politics that brought such disparate figures as Barack Obama and Donald Trump into the White House.”

In a review, Bucknell University’s William Michael Schmidli said the new edition “is a solid, well-written survey that assesses the key developments of the 1960s without losing sight of ordinary Americans.”

Chris O’Brien of the University of Maine at Farmington called America Divided “an excellent foundational text for courses focusing on the 1960s or on the postwar period more generally,“ saying, “the narrative is often engaging, the prose clear, and the explanations thorough.”

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