The following OAH Distinguished Lecturers study and speak on the 1960s. Let these historians help your audience understand more about this dynamic era and the changes it brought to American culture and society.

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Barbara L. Tischler

Muhammad Ali: Man of Many Voices

More than a boxer, Muhammad Ali stands as a representative of 1960s culture as a fighter, a self-promoter, draft resister, and a member of the Nation of Islam. This talk focuses on Ali’s transition from Golden Gloves champion to a successful petitioner for justice before the Supreme Court. Read More

Andrew Hartman

A War for the Soul of America

This lecture, based on my 2015 book, is about the history of the culture wars, that dramatic struggle which pitted liberal, progressive, and secular Americans against their conservative, traditional, and religious counterparts, and that captured the attention of the nation during the 1980s and...(Read More)

Leigh Ann Wheeler

Sexual Civil Liberties and the Rise of Gay Rights: An Untold History of Stealth and Wealth

This lecture tells a few of the many low-profile but crucial stories about activists who deliberately worked behind the scenes in the 1960s and 1970s to lay groundwork for establishing what would become known as gay rights. Read More

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