From PBS - 1964 was the year the Beatles came to America, Cassius Clay became Muhammad Ali, and three civil rights workers were murdered in Mississippi. It was the year when Berkeley students rose up in protest, African Americans fought back against injustice in Harlem, and Barry Goldwater's conservative revolution took over the Republican Party. Based in part on The Last Innocent Year: America in 1964 by Jon Margolis, 1964 follows some of the most influential figures of the time -- Lyndon B. Johnson, Barry Goldwater, Betty Friedan -- but also brings out from the shadows the stories of ordinary Americans whose principled stands would set the country onto a new and different course.
Did You Know?
At the beginning of this documentary we are told, via the audio, that it is "New Year's Eve 1963", but the videotape footage is from New Year's Eve 1964. The movie marquee in Times Square shows "My Fair Lady" with Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison, but the earliest release date for that film was October 21, 1964. So the videotape footage being shown is from New Year's Eve 1964 (leading into 1965), but the audio is from New Year's Eve 1963 (leading into 1964). See more