These forty-eight powerful stories and poems etch in vivid detail the breakthrough moments experienced by women during the life-changing era that was the ’60s and ’70s. And finally, here, they tell it like it was. Their stories range from Vietnam to France, from Chile to England, from the Haight-Ashbury to Greenwich Village, and from the Deep South to the Midwest. They write of cultural reverberations that reached into farm kitchens and city “pads,” from coffeehouse jazz clubs to psychedelic rock concerts. This inspiring collection celebrates the women of the ’60s and ’70s, reminds them of the importance of their legacy, and seeks to motivate young women today.
(Synopsis from back cover)
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The ’60s and ’70s in America were fraught with change — changes in society, among the sexes, within the military, between the establishment and the anti-establishment, in mode of dress, in what we smoked, in what we read and how we interpreted it, between parents and children, between students and institutions of higher learning. We were a society attempting to learn where we each, as an individual, fit into the whole without it being too painful.
The editors of Times They Were A-Changing: Women Remember the ’60s & ’70s have compiled 48 stories and poems vividly describing the palpable changes experienced by women during this tumultuous time. Finally, these women have their voice to share life like it really was.
Each woman with her individual voice tells her story and in telling becomes a part of the larger whole. These women as a collective in this anthology celebrate the women of their generation with remembrances of the importance of actions and beliefs and the legacy left for the young women of today.
If you were around in this period, you may have been one of these women in another town and state, another country, another college. Likely, you too had a story to tell, and perhaps your story is told by another in this anthology.
If you weren’t around during the ’60s and ’70s, perhaps you have wondered what those 20 years were all about. You are fortunate for within these pages the details are vividly recounted for you by this group of women so that you can learn from them. Learn that all women have a voice. We must be courageous enough to exercise it and stand tall after doing so.
A long overdue and telling collection of prose and poetry emblematic of the times that were changing in the ’60s and ’70s.
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Times They Were A-Changing is a powerful read for anyone who reads it. The stories shared lay out in honesty and detail the way things really were. Nothing is held back and from these women we are reminded what life was then and where we’ve traveled to in 2013. For young women today, these stories will give you the courage and self-confidence to move forward with the continuation of the equalities and justice fought so hard to win and still needing to be fought for in some arenas.
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DETAILS ABOUT THE BOOK | DISCLAIMER:
Publisher: She Writes Press
Published: September 8, 2013
Genre: Memoir, Prose & Poetry Anthology
Paperback: 336 pages
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