A Letter From The Publisher: Dec. 19, 1969

THE decade is ending, and there can be little argument that the 1960s was a time of turmoil, of bitter protest and brutal violence, of confusion and finally, of near despair over the American destiny. This week, in a special section, TIME takes a long look back at those troubled years and finds a fascinating parallel in 19th century Europe, when men also called for a total revolution in human behavior.

But what now—what lies in store for the U.S.—and for the rest of the world—in the 1970s? In a second part of the section TIME attempts to answer the vital questions....

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