1968 In Context: Scarcity And Decade Analysis

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Maurice Purvis, HIST 2112 TR 9:30-10:45, Spring 2012, February 16, 2012 Lawler, Peter Augustine. “1968 In Context: Scarcity and Decade Analysis.” Intercollegiate Review, 43, No. 2 (Fall 2008): 14-24. This article gives a detailed look at how life in America was back in the 1960’s and all the major ideas and movements that were going on. Lawler starts off the article talking about how the world was and what was going on in the 60s. He goes on to say that when most people look back on the various decades of their lives that always end up glorifying one decade and trashing the others. He instead says we should try to look for the good in each of the decades and realize that each decade had a moment of glory. Lawler starts his analysis of the 1960s by discussing civil rights and true liberalism. Augustine says that the civil rights movement of the early 60s…show more content…
In his article however he doesn’t really use any other sources besides various secondary sources besides himself as a primary source. I think that him being one of the only primary sources does hurt the article’s credibility a little bit because firsthand information is always going to be better than when you get it from a secondary source. Most of his secondary sources are various books and articles such as in the section Casual Sex and Civilization he uses Achieving Our Country (1998) by Richard Rorty to help his point of saying how the 1960s was a real turn in how people viewed love and sex. Lawler really makes great use of his secondary sources to help him provide evidence about whatever section of the article he was focusing in on. Lawler actually never really disagrees with any of his sources and uses them to help make the article more credible and better in general. I also like that I was able to learn some interesting facts and the lifestyle of many Americans back in the

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