Political and social effects that shaped the 60s generation

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Massive black rebellions, constant strikes, gigantic anti-war demonstrations, draft resistance, Cuba, Vietnam, Algeria, a cultural revolution of seven hundred million Chinese, occupations, red power, the rising of women, disobedience and sabotage, communes & marijuana: amongst this chaos, there was a generation of youths looking to set their own standard - to fight against the establishment, which was oppressing them, and leave their mark on history. These kids were known as the hippies. There were many stereotypes concerning hippies; they were thought of as being pot smoking, freeloading vagabonds, who were trying to save the world. As this small pocket of teenage rebellion rose out of the suburbs, inner cities, and countryside’s, there was a general feeling that the hippies were a product of drugs, and rock music; this generalization could have never been more wrong. The hippie counterculture was more than just a product of drugs and music, but a result of the change that was sweeping the entire western world. These changes were brought about by various events in both the fifties and the sixties, such as: the end of the "Golden Years" of the fifties, the changing economical state from the fifties to the sixties, the Black Pa Continue...


Some say it symbolized the freedom and idealism of the 1960s. This obviously made them more popular with the peasants. The great changes that they were fighting for were not coming about. "On 21 May, 1963, 100 whites attacked the church where the black leader, Martin Luther King, was preaching. " The rise of the giant corporations had a profound effect on American life. Fewer workers went into traditional fields such as manufacturing, agriculture, and mining, and more went into clerical, managerial, professional, and service fields. The sixties simply evolved; a microcosm of numerous political and social change that swept the then current generation. Daley, ordered police to shoot to kill arsonists and the main looters. But the violence still did not stop. During the fifties, the economic situation was in a constant state of growth. The USA put more and more effort into it, and the South Vietnamese government's lack of control became apparent. " In 1954 Vietnam had been divided into the Communist North, under Ho Chi Minh, and capitalist South, under Ngo Dinh Diem, after the Communists had forced the French to abandon Vietnam. The southern civil rights movement had been deeply bloodied, of course.