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President Kennedys:
`New Frontier' to appeal to ambition and optimism of young people.
Introduce better healthcare and increase funding for education
Established the Peace-corps who sent volunteers to work in multi-billion dollar space
This appealed to the idea of self-sacrifice and ambition
Forced to work with congress dominated by republicans and conservative southern
democratic. They blocked many of Kennedy's policies e.g. The Medical Health Bill.
President Johnson
`Great Society' ­ more equal and rich and use wealth to help the poor.
1964-66 he passed 435 bills committing $1.5B to improve schools.
$2.9B to regenerate inner cities social security act to guarantee free Healthcare.
Vietnam War distracted the government and took up money.
Alienated young idealists
Values of American Counterculture Examples from Disney Films
Rock Music The Mickey Mouse Club 1955-59 featuring
rocks `n' roll every week.
Latin or African Dance The Three Caballeros 1944 Donald Duck
learns to take part in Hispanic Dance
Psychedelic Experiences Fantasia
1940 ­ Magic Mushroom sequence
1969 ­ Ultimate Trip
Trippy Art and sequences.
Rebels standing up to Mainstream Culture The Story of Robin Hood and his Merry Men
Stole from the rich to give to the poor
Stands up to the Sherriff of Nottingham and
Little John
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SDS: First mass anti-war rally Washington D.C, the protest attracted
April 1965 20,000 people.
A mass rally organised by SDS
Teach In 1965, University of Michigan lectures were
cancelled. Staff and students met to debate
war.…read more


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