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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 countrysides 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 Panther Party women moving into the work force the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr and John F Kennedy Jr the war in Vietnam the Kent State protest and finally the Woodstock festival The electric subcurrent of the fifties was above all rocknroll the live wire that linked bedazzled teenagers around the nation and quickly around the world into the common enterprise of being young Rock was rough raw insistent especially by comparison with the music it replaced it whooped and groaned shook rattled and rolled Rock was clamor the noise of youth submerged by order and prosperity now frantically clawing their way out The winds of change began to sweep across America in the late fifties The political unrest
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