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The Mainstream and Counter-culture in the 1960's

The Politics of Affluence
The Great Depression had reduced many American to poverty so they then became
cautious in holding onto their wealth, fearing depression could strike again.
Many white Americans then became suspicious of anything that would improve the
lives of AA's.…

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Kennedy and Johnson both spoke of a more fair society, but neither was able to
deliver the reform that idealistic young Americans wanted.
Johnson had more success on Civil Rights than Kennedy but the Vietnam War
distracted his attention and diverted government money from his `Great Society'
programme.
The Vietnam…

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America's counterculture was not a coherent movement. It was made up of hippies,
and Black Panther, Feminists and Peaceniks. As a result, there was no shared set of
ideas.
They did all believe that on 2 things;
I. America was corrupt and the ideas of politicians like peace, justice and…

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The Beatles dominated the 1960's music scene: who also worried conservative
Americans as there album, `Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Heart Club Band' was clearly
influenced by hallucinogenic drugs.

Outsiders
Films and novels that appealed to young people often focused on a mismatch
between the young heroes and the society they found…

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· Students at the University of California, Berkeley had a reputation for radical politics,
and set up a second group of SDS. 10% of students had taken part in civil rights
protests between 1960 and 1964.
· The University banned political leaflets on October 1st 1964. Mario Savio became the…

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· 56% of US citizens supported the war in 1968, and of those that didn't many thought
that the anti-war protests were unpatriotic and undermined the troop's efforts in
Vietnam.
· The US government were not affected by the protestors. Johnson sent more troops
to Vietnam.
· The media also…

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