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It was considered sinful and morally wrong to do anything in the 50s that didnt fit into the mold of a typical American family The media condemned people who spoke up against the government the people who didnt have typical jobs the people who experimented with drugs the people who had different sexual orientation the people who questioned social standards and the people who lived day by day without any long term plan Throughout this decade there was much conformity and social stability in America However author Jack Kerouac inspired many to stand up for themselves as he wrote about his rebellious adventures across the US in his controversial book On The Road Jack Kerouac the acclaimed father of the Beat Movement is probably the most predominant figure in beat literature Born in 1922 in Massachusetts Kerouac grew up in a middle class French-Canadian environment While his parents were struggling financially to make ends-meat Jack was struggling to learn english and make friends at an early age When he became fluent in english he quickly became fascinated with the literary world and would read anything he could get his hands on In high school Kerouac became a high school football star and eventually it got him a scholarship to Columbia University After the constant disagreements with his coach and a broken leg Kerouac quit football as well as Columbia University and moved back to Lowell Drifting from occupation to occupation Jack traveled around Boston and Washington DC ignoring the face of consistency and stability He eventually found his way back to Columbia where he would befriend a few people whom he would later meet up with again He dropped out of Columbia again and enlisted in the Navy where he was eventually honorably discharged on psychological grounds He re-joined the Navy some time later and sailed to England When he returned he met back up with Lucien Carr Allen Ginsberg and William Burroughs These people
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