What is some historical information about the time period of publication for In Cold Blood?
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In Cold Blood was published in 1966. The Vietnam War was still going on at this time (1959-1975), and this war was one of several that occured during the period known as the Cold War. In August 1966, The Compton's Cafeteria Riot became the first recorded transgender riot in U.S. history.
In general, the 1960s were a time for people to break away as far from social norms as they could, flouting the rigid social and moral rules of the 1950s. Social taboos regarding racism and sexism were challenged. Radical political ideals cropped up in the U.S. and other countries, as well.
For more historical information regarding the Sixties and 1966, specifically, take a look at these pages from eNotes:
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