A Political Journey: Protest to Perestroika

Former Sen. Hart talked about the odyssey of a generation - those born in the mid- to late- 1930s. He said this generation has, as its… read more

Former Sen. Hart talked about the odyssey of a generation - those born in the mid- to late- 1930s. He said this generation has, as its first recollections, memories of the Great Depression, and then growing up with the trauma and drama of World War II. He referred to the Eisenhower years of the 1950s as the “happy days.” The generation really came of age politically with the 1960s presidential campaign of John F. Kennedy. He said that he characterizes this generation as seeing “the assassination of innocence and hope.” The 1960s brought the assassination of Pres. Kennedy and Martin Luther King. It also saw the birth of protest movements with civil rights struggles and the Vietnam war. Since then, this generation has continued to see unrest through the last 25 years as it has come to learn of the limitations on American political, economic, and military power. He chronicled the specific events which have brought America and the world to the end of the Cold War and the Persian Gulf war. close

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  • Gary Hart U.S. Senator (Former) [D] Colorado
  • Josie Heath Professor Harvard University->Kennedy (J.F.) School of Government

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A Political Journey: Protest to Perestroika

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Program ID:
17534-1
Category:
Public Affairs Event
Format:
Speech
Location:
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
First Aired:
Apr 12, 1991
Last Aired:
Apr 15, 1991

Airing Details

  • Apr 12, 1991 | 11:00pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Apr 13, 1991 | 5:15am EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Apr 13, 1991 | 11:10am EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Apr 14, 1991 | 9:10pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Apr 15, 1991 | 5:06am EDT | C-SPAN 2
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