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Listening to America: A Traveler Rediscovers His Country
Listening to America A Traveler Rediscovers His Country Author:Bill Moyers As deputy director of the Peace Corps in the early years of the nineteen sixties, Bill Moyers was instrumental in making that institution a vital force among the young people of America. As special assistant and close adviser to President Johnson, he was one of the foremost architects of the great social legislation of 1964 and 1965-the high-wat... more »er point of the LBJ Presidency. Later, when he was publisher of Newsday, that outstanding paper won thirty-three major journalism awards, including two Pulitzer Prizes.
But he discovered that it is possible to write bills and to publish newspapers without really knowing what the country is about or who its people are. Much had changed in America over the ten years Moyers had lived on a narrow strip of its eastern coast, and as a new decade arrived, he decided to spend the summer moving around the country.
This panoramic documentary is the result of what he saw and learned in a 13,000 mile swing across the country, capturing as few documents can the moods, fears, and accents of America in 1970. Here are memorable portraits of college presidents, student radicals, American Legionnaires, street people, union rebels, clergymen, drug addicts, black spokesmen, political candidates, unemployed executives, business leaders, country doctors, hard-working cops, ordinary citizens - all part of a narrative rich in humor, sorrow, and understanding. Moyers knows, more than most young political activists of our day, just how taut and thin is the thread of civilization which holds together our disparate nation, and his report is free of the rancor and dogma which have muddied too many of the contemporary descriptions of our troubles.« less