Synopsis by Alice Day
In the second installment of the series American Stories: The American Dream - Tears of Rage, Late 1950s-Mid 1970s, the focus is on this unsettled period when student protests, rioting, and assassinations of political figures made world headlines. The Baby Boomers grew vocal in their criticism of the idea of the American Dream. In a seething cauldron of racial anger, challenges to freedom of speech, and the Vietnam War, the so-called "good life" was losing its shine. Members of the families featured on this documentary found themselves joining protests, evading the draft, joining the Civil Rights Movement, going to war, or landing in jail.