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The Counterculture Movement
Transcript of The Counterculture Movement
By: Erika, Logan, Mason & Hannah
The 1960's counterculture grew from a influx of events, issues, circumstances and technological developments which served as a intellectual and social catalysts for exceptionally rapid change during the era
How the Movement came about
The goals of the movement was to attain ‘peace and prosperity’ within the Vietnam War Era American country and bring the troops home, the youth movement pushed to be different, thanks to a ‘corrupt’ government.
Goals & Strategies
Another one of the many goals with the counterculture movement was to attain social change in the ways of liberalism and human rights. They had many ways they attempted to do so, was with constant protesting, speeches, and rallies for a cause.
Some of those who dropped out of traditional society were called “hippies,” and they gravitated to areas such as the Haight-Ashbury section of San Francisco. They became known as “flower children” because they believed that utopia was found in nature.
Characteristics of the Counterculture
Many of the people associated with the counter-culture movement were in the younger ages group, many of the veterans of Vietnam. These ‘free thinking hippies’ rose against the cultural norms. Such is, free speech became a large focus, as did a large musical revolution.
Key People & Events
The personalities associated with the subculture, gurus such as Dr. Timothy Leary and psychedelic rock musicians such as the
Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Country Joe and the Fish, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Jefferson Airplane
soon attracted a great deal of publicity, generating further interest in LSD
Ken Kesey and his Merry Prankster helped shape the developing character of the 1960s counterculture when they embarked on a cross-country voyage during the summer of 1964 in a psychedelic school bus named "Furthur."
Beginning in 1959, Kesey had volunteered as a research subject for medical trials financed by the CIA's MK ULTRA project. These trials tested the effects of LSD, psilocybin, mescaline, and other psychedelic drugs.
Religious people and leaders
Mostly the older generation; the "Establishment"
Opponents of the movement
Art, Literature & Music
A landmark counterculture event was the Woodstock Festival, held in upstate New York in August 1969. Billed as “three days of peace, music, and love.
Literature includes: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey, & Go Ask Alice
Jimi Hendrix , The Beatles : Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds (LSD), Sex Drugs and Rock and Roll, Janis Joplin, Grateful Dead, Jim Morrison
The Demise and Lasting Impact
The counterculture has been argued to have diminished in the early 1970s, and some have attributed two reasons for this.
A Continuing Movement?
Present-day countercultures differ from those of the past in one important way. In a world with an increasing pace of change, new countercultures and subcultures will constantly be born or mutate out from others, and the young people of the future will want to try many of them on for size to see whether they could become a part of their personal identity
First, it has been suggested that the most popular of its political goals — civil rights, civil liberties, gender equality, environmentalism, and the end of the Vietnam War .
Second, a decline of idealism and hedonism occurred as many notable counterculture figures died, the rest settled into mainstream society and started their own families, and the "magic economy" of the 1960s gave way to the stagflation of the 1970's