Peace, Love, and You Know What starts in the 1972 and ends in 1974 with Watergate. What they and their friends are up to in the late 60's was drawn through flashbacks, etc. by the author.
Stone House Legacy draws parallels between the 1960's and the 1860's to illustrate man's inclination to repeat the mistakes of the past. For example, civil war/civil rights, assassination of Lincoln/assassination of Kennedy, proliferation of utopian societies/ hippie communes.
1961- John F. Kennedy becomes President
Bay of Pigs Invasion
Vietnam War officially begins
(Peace, Love, and You Know What- In 1969 Lenora and Tim watch the Lottery Draft together. After Tim pulls a low number, she finds a friendly doctor to get him out of going to Vietnam.
Red, White, and Blues- The Vietnam War also plays a major role in the book, covering just the years that Mike Blackhorse, Pete Clark and John Clark served. Mike and Pete: 1967-1968 and John: 1968-1969.)
1962- Cuban Missile Crises
1963- March on Washington/ Martin Luther King Jr's "I Have A Dream" Speech
John F. Kennedy assassination/ Lyndon Johnson becomes President/ Lee Harvey Oswald is shot and killed as he is led to jail by Dallas nightclub owner Jack Ruby/ The assassination marks the first 24-hour coverage of a major news event by the major networks.
1964- 24th Amendment
Johnson proposed the Great Society
Civil Rights Act of 1964
United States Presidential Election of 1964
1965- Lyndon B. Johnson escalates the United States military involvement in the Vietnam War
Voting Rights Act
(Also mentioned in Peace, Love, and You Know What
Red, White, and Blues- A black couple, Cain and Louise Powell, have differing views regarding the assassination and argue about it. Cain is interested in the things that the Black Panthers had been talking about; Louise is more of a "live and let live" person. The assassination shakes them both (as well as their white friends) and after their argument, Louise heads out to visit those friends, but on the way (she is walking in San Francisco) can't help but feel anger and fear when she passes a group of white people.)
Civil Rights Act of 1968
Senator Robert F. Kennedy assassination
(Also mentioned in Peace, Love, and You Know What)
Police Clashes with anti-war protesters in Chicago outside the 1968 Democratic National Convention
Richard Nixon wins presidential election
(Peace, Love, and You Know What- Lenora stays up all night to watch the election results.)
Summer of Love
(Red, White, and Blues- is only mentioned briefly in a conversation between Mike Blackhorse and Pete Clark)
(Peace, Love, and You Know What- Mack almost makes it Woodstock until his father’s car breaks down. Over the years, in his stories, he gets closer and closer to the three-day festival until he’s back stage.
Red, White, and Blues- Woodstock is attended by several characters including Pete Clark, Sandy Porter, Sarah Somerton and Keith Burke. Sarah has come along on the road trip because her boyfriend, Mike, has been unbearable since returning from Vietnam.)