The politics and culture of the 1960s hippie movement

To avoid the Vietnam draft, some pacifists took extraordinary measures. Their replacements deservedly gained less public respect, were tagged with the label "hippie," and faced much mainstream opposition from middle-class Americans uncomfortable with the youth culture of the period-long hair, casual drug use, promiscuity.

Martin Luther King Jr. In February news of the My Lai massacre became public and ignited widespread outrage. The United Kingdom abolishes the death penalty. A History of the United States.

Yet there were other factors. The hippie movement also affected the Civil Rights Movement, which eventually resulted in several laws giving African Americans and women the same rights and white men, including the equal rights to vote and to an education and work.

The hippies were antiwar and promoted peace and love for being the answer to all things. Events include religious services, street rallies, public meetings, school seminars, and marches.

The Politics and Culture of the 1960s Hippie Movement

His presidency although cut short due to his murder is remembered for multiple reasons including his commitment that the United States Of America should commit itself to landing a man on the Moon and returning him back safely to the earth before the end of the decade.

A two-day march on the Pentagon in October attracted nationwide media attention, while leaders of the war resistance called for young men to turn in their draft cards. The movement was less a unified army than a rich mix of political notions and visions.

The number of women attending college skyrocketed during the s, and many became involved with both the New Left and the civil rights movement.

In the West although politicians would have liked to stopped demonstrations and tried against their policies, due to "freedom of speech" it was not possible Many of the conflicts during the 60's could be considered to be part of the ongoing cold war between the East and the West Communism -- Capitalismbut due to the Nuclear Capabilities of both sides nether wanted to start a full scale war as they realized there could be no winner but both believed their ideology was best, they tried in other ways to influence the politics throughout the world.

Many hippies dropped and of school and followed their own paths of discovering themselves through the use of psychedelic drugs such as marijuana or LSD.

The nightly news counted the dead and described compiling destruction, and many political and literary figures began to speak out publicly against keeping US troops in Vietnam Harding In Johnson fired Defense Secretary McNamara after the secretary expressed concern about the moral justifications for war.

This was a time where predominantly the youth started reflecting on social values and experimentation then became the new social norm. The hippies were also very easy to identify because of the way they looked and the clothes they wore.

A number of them had been highly active in the Civil Rights Movement in the first half of the s, traveling across the country to take part in sit-ins and marches against segregation in the South.s Prices including inflation prices for homes, wages and cars, Cold War gets colder, Vietnam War sparks protests by students, John F Kennedy Assisinated, Civil Rights Movement, Music Revolution.

Books about the sixties have proliferated in recent years, but none has surpassed Nicholas von Hoffman's classic account of the s counter-culture in San Francisco.

The Sixties: Moments in Time. This timeline offers a sample of newsworthy happenings from the s. The events used in this interactive timeline were chosen on the basis of importance at the time.

US politics is still in large part a reaction to the s.

Hippies Won the Culture War

The s was the children of the US middle class rejecting the values and beliefs of their parents in their totality. The most visible group of these mass drop-outs were hippies.

The Counterculture of the s Many college‐age men and women became political activists and were the driving force behind the civil rights and antiwar movements. Other young people simply “dropped out” and separated themselves from mainstream culture through their appearance and lifestyle.

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The politics and culture of the 1960s hippie movement
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