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The 1960s--A Decade Collection

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This is a topical collection about American life and politics in the 1960s. Resources in this collection might be helpful to students and teachers working on projects about the decade. It is not meant to be completely comprehensive, but rather includes highlights of the Smithsonian's collection spanning art, popular culture, social trends, leadership, and technology.

Teachers and students might copy and adapt this collection to suit their needs; highlighting a specific aspect of life in the 1960s and adding annotations and additional resources.

tags: Sixties, Kennedy, Camelot, civil rights, Vietnam, politics, decade

Lyndon B. Johnson

National Portrait Gallery

John F. Kennedy

National Portrait Gallery

Robert F. Kennedy

National Portrait Gallery

Robert F. Kennedy

National Portrait Gallery

Lyndon Johnson

National Portrait Gallery

Lyndon Baines Johnson

National Portrait Gallery

Lyndon Johnson and Theodore Green

National Portrait Gallery

George Wallace

National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

Laugh-In Thermos

National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

Yellow Submarine Lunch Box

National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

Hey Jude; Revolution Vinyl Single

National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

Lenny Bruce

National Portrait Gallery

Nixon Presidential Campaign Pin

National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

Carl Mydans in Vietnam

National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

Paper Dress, Campbell's Soup Company

National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

Humphrey Presidential Campaign Pin

National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

Nixon Presidential Campaign Pin

National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

Lockheed U-2C

National Air and Space Museum

Greensboro Lunch Counter

National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

Lunch counter stool from Greensboro, North Carolina sit-ins

National Museum of African American History and Culture

37c 1964 Civil Rights Act single

National Postal Museum

Pen used by Lyndon B. Johnson to sign the 1964 Civil Rights Act

National Museum of African American History and Culture

LBJ - President Signs Civil Rights Bill

National Portrait Gallery

Ten shards of stained glass

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Martin Luther King, Jr.

National Portrait Gallery

Kennedy Caisson

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Martin Luther King, Jr.

National Portrait Gallery

Paul Robeson

National Portrait Gallery

Medical Kit, Peace Corps

National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

Peace Corps Volunteer Teaches Carpentry in Kenya

Smithsonian Archives - History Div

Alan Shepard

National Portrait Gallery

Berlin Wall

National Portrait Gallery

Berlin Wall fragment, Berlin, Germany, 1961

National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

OPEC

National Portrait Gallery

John Glenn

National Portrait Gallery

Flyer advertising student strike against the Vietnam War

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Prisoner of War Tin Cup with Writing

National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

Robert P. Moses

National Portrait Gallery

Bob Dylan

National Portrait Gallery

Bob Dylan

National Portrait Gallery

March on Washington Handbill

National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

March on Washington

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Day of Kennedy's Assassination - Commuters on the 6:25 train

National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

Signs

National Portrait Gallery

April 2, 1962 Newsweek Magazine Issue

National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

Lyndon Johnson, Portrait in a Minute

National Portrait Gallery

Ticket Stub, "The Beatles"

National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

Ed Sullivan and the Beatles

National Portrait Gallery

Did we "win" the War on Poverty?

National Museum of American History

Pinback button promoting SNCC and black power

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Birmingham, Alabama. SNCC Workers Outside the Funeral

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Stokely Carmichael at SNCC Office, Atlanta, GA

National Museum of African American History and Culture

37c 1965 Voting Rights Act single

National Postal Museum

Immigration and the Hart-Celler Act, 50 years later

National Museum of American History

Malcolm X

National Portrait Gallery

Malcolm X

National Portrait Gallery

Pinback button which reads "Malcolm X Speaks For Me"

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Weighing in for '68

National Portrait Gallery

Button, NOW

National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

Muhammad Ali

National Portrait Gallery

Muhammad Ali

National Portrait Gallery

33c Super Bowl I single

National Postal Museum

Janis Joplin

National Portrait Gallery

Hippies

National Portrait Gallery

"Hippie" Dress or Shirt

National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

Love

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Neil Armstrong

National Portrait Gallery

Neil Armstrong

National Portrait Gallery

33c Woodstock single

National Postal Museum

Hog Farm Free Kitchen at the Woodstock Music Festival

National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

Sesame Street Sign

National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

Warren Earl Burger

National Portrait Gallery

Earl Warren

National Portrait Gallery

Jimi Hendrix

National Portrait Gallery

The Supremes

National Portrait Gallery

Black Panther guard at Unitarian Church, San Rafael, California, No. 123

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Andy Warhol

National Portrait Gallery

Today's Teenagers

National Portrait Gallery

Table Object

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Four Colors Four Words

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan

National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

National Portrait Gallery

Shirley Anita St. Hill Chisholm

National Portrait Gallery

POW Bracelets

National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

Wars, Vietnam; Bell UH-1 Iroquois (Huey). [photograph]

National Air and Space Museum Archives

Wars, Vietnam; Bell UH-1 Iroquois (Huey). [photograph]

National Air and Space Museum Archives

Wars, Vietnam; Bell UH-1 Iroquois (Huey). [photograph]

National Air and Space Museum Archives

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