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1. Phil F - August 16, 2014

At different times I’ve taught history courses on Britain in the 1960s, usually starting with postwar austerity and then going through the 1950s and into the ‘swinging sixties’. I’ve used a bit of material from these for a couple of articles that are up on Redline.

The article below looks at the Profumo Affair; I suggest it was a moral panic which, as moral panics often do, made some interesting bedfellows – in this case uniting liberal modernisers in the Labour Party and media with diehard social reactionaries in the Tory Party and the media. The chief victims were Christine Keeler and Mandy Rice-Davies who, it now appears, were not prostitutes, just young women who liked a good time, and Stephen Ward, who committed suicide:
The Profumo Affair as moral panic: http://rdln.wordpress.com/2014/06/12/the-profumo-affair-a-moral-panic-between-austerity-britain-and-the-swinging-sixties/

The article below here looks at the movie ‘Made in Dagenham’, which deals with the landmark strike by women workers at the Ford car plant at Dagenham in England, and looks at the background to the strike and what is lost in the movie as it set out to be a ‘feelgood film’ whose producers decided deliberately to give it a feminist slant rather than have it seen as a class-based film a la Ken Loach:
http://rdln.wordpress.com/2011/06/14/class-gender-the-1960s-and-made-in-dagenham/

Phil

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