September 29, 1964 – Marietta, Ohio: U.S. Senator Barry Goldwater spoke to an estimated crowd of 5,000 persons here, his 1st stop of his five-day three-state campaign tour. (PHOTO: PBS)It was the year of the Beatles and the Civil Rights Act; of the Gulf of Tonkin and Barry Goldwater’s presidential campaign; the year that cities across the country erupted in violence and Americans tried to make sense of the Kennedy assassination. Based on The Last Innocent Year: America in 1964 by award-winning journalist Jon Margolis, this film follows some of the most prominent figures of the time — Lyndon B. Johnson, Martin Luther King, Jr., Barry Goldwater, Betty Friedan — and brings out from the shadows the actions of ordinary Americans whose frustrations, ambitions and anxieties began to turn the country onto a new and different course.
American Experience: 1964, Tuesday at 8 p.m. on PBS 6.