The Fifties: An Underground History
- Society & Culture, The 20th Century – The Present
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Another side of the fifties
The Fifties is a dazzling and provocative work of history that transforms our understanding of a seemingly staid decade and honors the pioneers of gay rights, feminism, civil rights, and environmentalism.
Among many others, we meet the legal pathfinder Pauli Murray, who was tortured by both her mixed-race heritage and her “in between” sexuality. We discover Harry Hay, who dreamed of a national gay-rights movement as early as the mid-1940s. And in perhaps the book’s unlikeliest pairing, we hear the prophetic voices of Silent Spring’s Rachel Carson and MIT’s preeminent mathematician, Norbert Wiener, who from their very different perspectives converged on the idea that our mastery over the natural world carried the potential for disaster.
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|Release Date:||January 11, 2022|