Throughout the decades of the sixties and seventies, Kurt Vonnegutís work was immensely popular, particularly on college campuses. Slaughterhouse 5 was published in 1969, the year after LBJ refused to run for reelection and the year that Nixon proposed the plan called Vietnamization. It was the year of the Apollo 11 moon landing and the Woodstock inauguration of the "summer of love". Lt. William Calley was charged with murder for My Lai massacre and outrage brewed over thalidomide babies. Vonnegut's references to impoliteness, sexual matters, American history, famous heroes, his commentaries about the distribution of wealth, about school, about time, about everything, struck a cord with those perpetuating the social and cultural upheaval of the decade that encompassed the novel's publication. When does your character read it? Why? Answer the following questions from your character's perspective.