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Welcome to Books About the 60s!
Author Sandra Gurvis was a freshman at another Ohio college during the May 4, 1970 shootings at Kent State that killed four students and injured nine others. The experience compelled her to explore the reasons behind campus unrest, a quest which took over 30 years, hundreds of interviews, and countless visits throughout the U.S. and Canada to university archives, communes, political centers of power, and anywhere the protest movement had an impact. Along with several articles and an anthology, SWORDS INTO PLOUGHSHARES (Burning Cities Press, 1991), the result is two books. The first, THE PIPE DREAMERS (Olmstead, 2001), is set mostly at fictional Hayes University in the small town of Hampton, Ohio and encompasses the student unrest regarding Vietnam, the sexual revolution, the rejection of parental values, and drugs. The second and most recent is the nonfiction book, WHERE HAVE ALL THE FLOWER CHILDREN GONE? (University Press of Mississippi, 2006). Along with exploring the Vietnam protests through first-person accounts, journalistic narrative, and candid photos, it covers such rarely examined topics as communes; draft evaders, expatriates, and conscientious objectors; the origins of the conservative movement; and Vietnam and Iraq. The latter is also discussed in-depth via “Sixties Minutes,” a videotaped interview with Lt. Col. Rick Welch of the U.S. Army Reserve, who is currently on assignment in Baghdad.