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Massive black rebellions constant strikes gigantic anti-war demonstrationsdraft resistance Cuba Vietnam Algeria a cultural revolution of sevenhundred million Chinese occupations red power the rising of womendisobedience and sabotage communes marijuana amongst this chaosthere was a generation of youths looking to set their own standard - to fightagainst the establishment which was oppressing them and leave their markon history These kids were known as the hippies There were many stereotypesconcerning hippies they were thought of as being pot smoking freeloadingvagabonds who were trying to save the world As this small pocket of teenagerebellion rose out of the suburbs inner cities and countrysidesthere was a general feeling that the hippies were a product of drugs androck music this generalization could have never been more wrong The hippiecounterculture was more than just a product of drugs and music but a resultof the change that was sweeping the entire western world These changes werebrought about by various events in both the fifties and the sixties suchas the end of the Golden Years of the fifties the changing economicalstate from the fifties to the sixties the Black Panther Party women movinginto the work force the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr and JohnF Kennedy Jr the war in Vietnam the Kent State protest and finally theWoodstock festivalThe electric subcurrent of the fifties was above all rocknrollthe live wire that linked bedazzled teenagers around the nation and quicklyaround the world into the common enterprise of being young Rock was roughraw insistent especially by comparison with the music it replaced it whoopedand groaned shook rattled and rolled Rock was clamor the noise of youthsubmerged by order and prosperity now frantically clawing their way outThe winds of change began to sweep across America in the late fifties Thepolitical unrest came with fear of thermo-nuclear war and the shadow thathad been cast by Hiroshima and Nagasaki The civil rights leaders were unhappywith President Eisenhowers reluctance to use his powers for their causein spite
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