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To some the 60s were a decade of discovery as Americans first journeyed to the moon Others remember the time as a decade of Americas moral decline with the advent of rock and roll and its representation of sinful inappropriate ideals Yet for many people the 60s symbolized a decade of love and harmony Hippies exemplified these beliefs and in 1969 they gathered at a music festival known as Woodstock to celebrate their music their love and their freedom in a concert that has remained on of the most influential events of the 60s The youth of the 60s were known as the Love generation They made love promiscuously and openly and preferred open to formal marriages Weekend love-ins free form gatherings communal living quarters and rock festivals were held in response to the love movement The love movement was the hippie belief for peace and harmony It reached its peak in the summer of 1967 and by then it had over 300000 followers who referred to themselves as the love children or the gentle people They gathered in San Francisco the hippie center of the world during the summers During these Summers of love they lived on the streets of Haight-Ashbury sitting in groups along the street and strumming their guitars Frike 62 These love children otherwise known as the hippies were the result of the antiwar movement that was sweeping the nation during the Vietnam war Hippies were resolutely against the war They participated loudly and often violently in countless anti-war protest rallies and marches They were known to publicly burn draft cards and some even renounced military service for prison Hertsgard 124 Hippies were not only antiwar they were predominantly antiestablishment The status symbols of their elders were decisively rejected wealth social position culture physical attractiveness and economic security They held in disdain cosmetics expensive jewelry nightclubs and restaurants and all other refinements of
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