1960's Counterculture

1960's Counterculture

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  • The hippies were about high school to college aged, with ages ranging from 14 years old to 25 years old. The Hippies were also mostly your average white American.
  • The Woodstock Festival was an event occurring in New York State which involved about 400,000 young hippies and other people. The festival was designed to promote peace through the power of music.
  • The hippies had a different style when compared to the rest of the United States. They wore their hair long, made their appearance colorful, and wore loose clothing to try and reach their ultimate goal of rejecting the style of the 1950s.
  • This psychologist, Tim Leary, was a professor at Harvard University, where he came up with a report on how a drug, LSD, was able to treat people's minds. The result was that he was fired from Harvard, but caused many people to start using LSD throughout the 1960s.
  • This concert at Altamont Speedway in California was headlined by the Rolling Stones as the main act during the event that tried making "West Coast Woodstock". However, the Rolling Stones hired a gang, the Hell's Angels, to provide security by paying them with alcohol and drugs. In the end, the gang that was under the influence attacked and killed a man that was also under the influence in a fight during the concert.
  • Groups of traveling Hippies, called communes, traveled around the country in their colorful buses throughout the 1960s. The communes compromised of a few hippies to many, who all shared each others same beliefs about society, war, and peace.
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