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American Literature

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Culture of the 1960's The counter-culture The anti-war
movement Music of the
1960s Automobiles &
innovations Fashion Literature Houses
& Furniture America Used to tell the difference between middle class and poor class
People mixed formal and casual clothes for all occasions
Skirts became shorter on women
Men grew their hair out
2 piece bathing suits became more popular San Fran and NYC The term "hippie" came from the west coast
San Francisco and NYC were the most popular areas for hippies. Maxi skirts, bell bottom jeans, flowy tops, floral and bright patterns were popular
Long hair was a big thing
Men wore sandles
Women did not wear make up or undergarmets
Everyone believed the natural look was best London Mini skirts were always worn
There were many patterns and bright colors
Gogo boots were popular "Mod and the London look" "Summer of love" “It [the counterculture] was an attempt to rebel against the values our parents had pushed on us. We were trying to get back to touching and relating and living.”
-Lisa Law, 1985 (http://tttcvietnam.pbworks.com/) The sixties were considered the time of the youth, because they were basically going against and rebelling the morals that their elders have taught them. For example, Drugs were becoming common, and LSD became illegal. The type of music changed, because of the social activism movements. The young middle class were the ones responsible for these changes. Social Activism The social activism created from the people from the counter culture were moved by the Vietnam war, and were against it along with many other things like racial injustice. The people followed leaders in these movements like John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Junior. The efforts used in these movements included things like the clothing that was worn, the songs that were sung, meaning the lyrics, and other art (http://tttcvietnam.pbworks.com/). Automobiles Volkswagen beetle $1,769
Ford Mustang 2 door hardtop $2,368
BMW Isetta Bubble Car for $2,250
Jenson Interceptor $9,570 1968 was the most expensive Technology Furniture Hi-style dining set
for $159.95 Table & six chairs
Chairs- box welt & cushioned with vinyl covers Bathroom rug & Cover Set Bright colors
Very fluffy
Last for a long time TV Trays 5 piece tray set
Rolls to and from where you need it
Aluminum tray Slim Angle TV 23 inches
Bright, clear and steady
No dirt behind the screen British Invasion British Invasion - when British rock bands and singers became successful around the world
Started in early 1960's
Many first started by covering American songs and having some American Rock 'n' Roll
The Beatles kept its high popularity until they broke up in 1970
Examples: The Beatles, The Animals, The Who Motown and R&B Motown -the word that is a combination of "motor" and "town"
R&B - music genre made up with blues, pop, and electronic music
Supported the Civil Rights movement and united the African-American society
Started in late fifties
Mainly sang by African-American people
Example: The Jackson Five, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles Surf Rock Surf Rock - up tempo dance music with multiple instruments
Started in Southern California
Became popular in early sixties but started to fade after the British invasion
In the beginning, the songs related with surfing but they gradually became more about girls, cars, and teenager's life
Example: The Beach Boys, Jan and Dean Citation for Music "Motown." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 03 Aug. 2013. Web. 7 Mar. 2013.
"Music Played in the 1960's Popular Music From the 60s." 1960's Music Played in the 60's Bands Groups Singers Memories from The People History Site. N.p., n.d. Web. 7 Mar. 2013. Books Books were about events occurring in history or happy books for children.

To Kill a Mockingbird - discussed social distinctions between races

One Flew Over the Chuckoo's Nest & Catch 22 - Discussed the illusionment and society in the 60s.

Where the Wild Things Are - Gave imagination for children (won Caldecott Medal in 1964) Purpose Literature reflected what happened in politics and social issues during the 1960s.

All movies, plays, and musicals transported audiences to another world to relieve people of tragedy during the Vietnam War. It gave them a place to escape and to enjoy the happiness in life. Musicals & Plays Musicals and Plays were put one for audiences to escape wartime; All shows were very happy and rarely were they sad.

The Fantasticks- the biggest comedy in history & the longest running show

Bye Bye Birdie - story about love

Hello Dolly

My Fair Lady - upbeat and an american classic

Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf

Rosencratz and Guildenstern are Dead - a comedy Movies This decade is known for historical dramas, horror, comedy films, and sparked the making of spy movies.

The Pink Panther - a comedy

The Time Machine - futuristic; dealt with 2 warring races

2001: A Space Odyssey - futuristic.

Planet of the Apes - tells the story of an astronaut in the future that lands on a planet with a society of apes. Works Cited "American Cultural History." - 1960. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Mar. 2013. <http://kclibrary.lonestar.edu/decade60.html>. Overview The US believed that we should defend the South of Vietnam from communism.

Many casualties and escalating costs created some Americans to question the USA's involvement in the Vietnam War.

The anti-war movement gradually began on college grounds by students.

President Lyndon B. Johnson ordered bombing on North Vietnamese people after torpedo boats attacked 2 U.S. destroyers.

The television changed the perspective of the American people with war. Draft The average age of an American fighting in the Vietnam was 19-years-old.

College students noticed how they were able to fight in war but could not vote or drink alcohol --> led to the 26th Amendment

The less educated were assigned to combat: Latino and African Americans

Americans with higher levels of education were granted higher military office jobs --> usually white Americans

80% of ground troops were form lower classes. Peace Movement & Politics Radical activists thought their voice was not being heard by the public, which eventually created violent protests.

Students in college would occupy whole buildings, causing schools to be canceled because roads would be blocked off.

The police would arrest people, which created retaliation by the public.

In August of 1968 antiwar people went to the Democratic National Convention in Chicago to prevent a future prowar candidate nomination (Hubert Humphrey).

Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) was a antiwar movement group.

Humphrey lost to Nixon in the presidential election where he promised to "restore order and law" Works Cited "55d. The Antiwar Movement." The Antiwar Movement [ushistory.org]. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Mar. 2013. <http://www.ushistory.org/us/55d.asp>.

"Vietnam War Protests." History.com. A&E Television Networks, n.d. Web. 10 Mar. 2013. <http://www.history.com/topics/vietnam-war-protests>. Toys 1960s Popcorn Maker
Price: $7.88
Description Electric Popcorn Maker, watch corn pop under heat proofed safety glass top to serve friends and family.
From the Year 1960
Satellite Jumping Shoes
Price: $4.99
Description Dual springs bounce like a trampoline. Helps to build muscles, develop coordination and balance. Jumping shoes fit over regular shoes.
From the Year 1962
Lionel Train Sets
Manufacturer: Lionel
Price: From $18.66 to $22.66
Description Lionel Train Sets featuring choice of a 5 unit diesel freighter or a Steam Locomotive with 6 units, forward and reverse, headlights, complete with track and transformer.
1960 Slim Angle TV
Price: $179.95
Description You'll enjoy a larger, movie-like picture on the new Silvertone Suburbanite-- with none of it lost in the corners. You'll see it bright, clear and steady, with natural contrasts. Sound is out front, where it belongs. Dirt can't settle behind the shatterproof safety glass because it's bonded to the face of the picture tube, cutton down on glare and light reflections. The cabinet is less than eleven inches deep and is made of rich wood-grained hardboard. There is a five inch speaker and the screen is twenty-three inches.
1966 Portable Dishwasher
Price: $239.95
Description No plumbin, no wiring. Rolls to sink, hose snaps onto faucet and it drains into the sink. Same "hurricane" washing with individualized four cycle choice. Includes automatic detergent and rinsing dispensers. Has a maple cutting top that adds decorative and practical work surface. It has an oven-type door and the racks come out separately for easier loading. Colors are white enamel, coppertone enamel, or light beige steel.

1967 Portable Television
Price: $99.95
Description Built with tiny current-saving transistors. It uses about seventy-five percent less electricity than tube-type sets. Still its picture is so very bright they're vivid even outdoors. And with transistors, there's no annoying time-lag for warm-up. Black and white picture appears in seconds and the sound is instant. Weighs less than tube-type TVs and it is so easy to carry. Still the set is the most rugged of all the portables and it has a protective face plate, high-impact plastic cabinet, sealed-in solid-state circuits that can't shake loose. Has a four inch speaker and a earphone on cord.
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