Effects Of Music In The 1960s

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The 1960s were a time of political and social change across America. New attitudes towards politics, society, and drugs resulted in new styles of music that were accepted by American society despite their meanings and implications. Revolutions and protests across America resulted in music that had the purpose of entertainment and spreading messages. The experimentation with new substances led to an entire genre: psychedelic rock. The threat of war sparked a peace and anti-war movement that led to music advocating the same ideas. In the 1960s, music changed alongside politics and society. One pivotal political event of the 1960s was the Vietnam War. Originally, Vietnam’s conflict was between Vietnamese people who supported a communist government …show more content…
First, Americans felt that the war draft was unfairly administered to lower income and minority citizens. In theory, if communism had spread to the United States in the 1960s, the people who would have benefitted from it would have actually been lower income and minority citizens because they would *theoretically* have been equal to people who were previously their superiors. Communism is appealing to those who are in the lower class because the idea of everyone holding equal weight in a previously “unfair” society gives them hope and diminishes their sense of inferiority in society. The people who actually had business in being afraid of communism were upper class citizens who would not have wanted to give up their wealth for a communist economy. For this demographic of people, communism was completely objectionable because they would have had to give up their wealth for society; a communist economy would require the upper class’ collective wealth to be redistributed in order for it to work. The people who were afraid of communism were not fighting in the war, which is what was so controversial about the draft. The idea of young, poor men fighting and losing their lives over something that primarily affected and was incited by old, rich men was the controversy of the Vietnam War draft. Another target of the American condemnation of the Vietnam War was the increasing threats of nuclear war, which sparked anti-war and peace protests all across the United States. The use of nuclear weapons was not new in American society, but the testing out of various nuclear weapons throughout the world alarmed Americans because of the potential damage it entails for victims of nuclear weaponry. Anti-war sentiment was shown in various methods of protesting. The first “ban the bomb” protests happened in July of 1961 (PBS, The Sixties: Moments in Time). The Supreme Court case Tinker v. Des Moines involved

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