1. Major Historical Events

  1. Drew Casper

Published Online: 3 SEP 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444395242.ch1

Hollywood Film 1963-1976: Years of Revolution and Reaction

Hollywood Film 1963-1976: Years of Revolution and Reaction

How to Cite

Casper, D. (2011) Major Historical Events, in Hollywood Film 1963-1976: Years of Revolution and Reaction, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444395242.ch1

Author Information

  1. University of Southern California, School of the Cinematic Arts, Los Angeles, CA 90089-2211, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 3 SEP 2012
  2. Published Print: 11 MAR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405188272

Online ISBN: 9781444395242



  • the Age of Revolution and Reaction, 1963–76 - cultural overview;
  • major historical events - civil rights legislation and protests;
  • Johnson's 1964 civil rights platform, Democrat-majority Congress of 1960 and 1964 - sweeping civil rights legislation;
  • policy of “affirmative action,” “quotas,” and “goals and timetables” - body of laws energized by Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birmingham, Alabama demonstrations in April, 1963;
  • allied with black civil rights push, less virulent and pervasive - stirrings of Native Americans and Hispanics;
  • Civil Rights movement - spurring on women's and gay rights;
  • Vietnam War, unlike Communist hot spots - Vietnam, lasting the longest, proving indomitable;
  • Nixon's mantra, “a secret plan” - to end the war and “law and order”;
  • political theorists, defining Realpolitik - as backstage politics, the end justifies any means, no matter how morally shabby;
  • Vietnam-War spins and Realpolitik - Big Business's “corporate ethic,” and Madison Avenue packaging, conspiracy, and paranoia becoming transgeneric concerns


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Civil Rights Legislation and Protests

  • The Vietnam War

  • Law and Order

  • Realpolitik