No decade was quite as transformative as the 1960s. Wars, protests, technological changes, and even the Beatles, led to cultural and global changes still felt today. Many social movements were active, including the Civil Rights Movement and anti-war protests. CNN is capturing the pulse of this era in their original series, The Sixties, and our speakers Isabel Wilkerson and Fredrik Logevall will be part of select episodes.
Episode 4: The War in Vietnam / Airing on June 19 and featuring Pulitzer Prize-winner Fredrik Logevall
No war polarized Americans quite like the war in Vietnam. With more than 550,000 American troops by the end of it and TV screens in American homes tuned in, the conflict was complex and unpopular. On hand to provide expert background and context in this episode will be Fredrik Logevall.
Fredrik Logevall is a renowned historian and leading expert on international relations and foreign policy. His epic and groundbreaking book, Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America’s Vietnam, won both the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in History and the prestigious Parkman Prize, which deemed it an “extraordinary work of modern history.” The book brings to life the bloodiest battles of France’s final years in Indochina—and shows how, from an early point, a succession of American leaders made disastrous policy choices that put America on its own collision course with history.
Episode 5: A Long March to Freedom / Airing on June 26 and featuring Pulitzer Prize-winner Isabel Wilkerson
Isabel Wilkerson will appear alongside eyewitnesses to history to reexamine the events that took place in Selma, Birmingham, and led up to the March on Washington.
Isabel Wilkerson, a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and bestselling author, spent 15 years interviewing more than 1,200 people to write The Warmth of Other Suns, her award-winning work of narrative nonfiction that tells the epic story of three people who made the decision of their lives to move from the South to the North in what came to be known as the Great Migration.
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