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The sixties were turbulent times for America both domestically and abroad During the sixties America witnessed the assassination of a president the assassination of a civil rights leader a conflict in Vietnam and a counterculture revolution among the youth The counterculture would peacefully protest and rally against the government early on but as the decade progressed the counterculture would split into various factions Some of these splinter groups would carry out violent measures to make themselves and there opinions known While the violent actions were carried out by a strict minority they attracted much attention from the press The purpose of this paper is to establish a connection between the peace movement and the violence perpetrated by the counterculture I feel that it is important that we find out how a movement that was peaceful in the beginning could end up being so violent The fact that Americas youth could get caught up in such a frightening and violent situation should be of concern to all of us The music and music festivals of the era are also worthy of consideration Did the music contribute to the violence or was it a just reflection of the turmoil felt during the sixties In order to understand the violent groups and their connection with the counterculture we first need to understand what the counterculture was The sixties were full of groups which lived outside of the norm one of the earlier and most famous groups to form were the hippies In 1965 Herb Caen of the San Francisco Chronicle labeled these people hippies as if they were apprentice hipsters The young insurgents called themselves freaks or heads and they called their here and now revolution a counterculture The hippies were into living a communal life a life of peace and tranquility and they were blowing the worlds mind According to Stern The dazzling thing about them was that they were so happy They did
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