Ellen Herman

Department of History, University of Oregon


Selected 1960s Memoirs

Adler, Margot. Heretic's Heart: A Journey Through Spirit & Revolution. Boston: Beacon Press, 1997. By a veteran of many 1960s social movements.


Ayers, William. Fugitive Days: A Memoir. Boston, Mass.: Beacon Press, 2001. By a member of the Weather Underground.


Block, Diana. Arm the Spirit: A Woman's Journey Underground and Back. Oakland, CA: AK Press, 2009. By an activist in the movement for Puerto Rican independence.


Brown, Elaine. A Taste of Power: A Black Woman's Story. New York: Anchor Books, 1992. By the first female leader of the Black Panther Party.


Brownmiller, Susan. In Our Time: Memoir of a Revolution. New York: Dial, 2000. By a veteran of the women's liberation movement.


Ehrhart, W.D. Passing Time: Memoir of a Vietnam Veteran Against the War. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1986.


Hayden, Tom. Reunion: A Memoir. New York: Random House, 1988. By one of the founders of SDS.


Horowitz, David. Radical Son: A Generational Odyssey. New York: Free Press, 1997. By a 1960s leftist who had "second thoughts."


King, Mary. Freedom Song: A Personal Story of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement. New York: William Morrow and Company, 1987. By an activists in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee during the early 1960s.


Michaels, Lisa. Split: A Counterculture Childhood. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1999.


Monette, Paul. Becoming a Man: Half a Life Story. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1992. About the closet and coming out.


Oglesby, Carl. Ravens in the Storm: A Personal History of the 1960s Antiwar Movement. New York: Scribner, 2008. By a leading figure in SDS.


Rotolo, Suze. A Freewheelin' Time: A Memoir of Greenwich Village in the Sixties. New York: Broadway Books, 2008. By a red diaper baby who was Bob Dylan's girlfriend in the early 1960s.


Smith, Patti. Just Kids. New York: Ecco, 2010. By the rock-poetry icon about her formative relationship with artist Robert Maplethorpe.


Stone, Robert. Prime Green: Remembering the 1960s. New York: Ecco, 2007. By a figure in the counterculture.


White, Edmund. City Boy: My Life in New York During the 1960s and 70s. New York: Bloomsbury USA, 2009. About the closet and coming out.


X , Malcolm with the assistance of Alex Haley. The Autobiography of Malcolm X. New York: Grove, 1964. By prominent black nationalist and leader of the Nation of Islam.