Hippies John Edwards Analysis

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Edwards’ transition back into American life at age seventeen was not difficult for him due to the inclusivity of “the whole hippie movement” and the lack of a language barrier. [Author of American youth in Changing Culture]’s definition of a “hippie” may explain why the group was so inclusive. In addition to stereotypical cultural characteristics assigned to hippies (as examples: “peace and love,” drug culture, non-violence), [author] claims that revolutions lead people to realize that they have become a tool for society, and
The hippies are characterized by a particularly vivid awareness of that loss of self-identity and of the perversion of the meaning of life. A competitive society, for instance, or a spirit of rivalry, is a source of
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They took the first 200 numbers and [his] number was 304.” Edwards candidly and casually recounts the fear he felt when he thought his number was going to be called: “The day before my birthday [was assigned the number] 2 or something and we were like ‘oh no.’” His words today may minimize his true feelings about the war; when pressed further about the war, he explained that the war was so unpopular “with us kids [because] basically we knew we were going to fight it. And it was so far away and seemed so unnecessary.” Here, his reaction is a clear departure from his reaction to American activity in the Congo. Earlier, he expressed the positive response to the United States because the beneficial repercussions were evident; an unsuccessful war must prove its worth twice over. But perhaps his newfound skepticism of the American government was a function of his location. When asked if his global perspective colored his opinion on the war, he replied that, “it was a movement. It was like you jumped into a river of damn kids. We just got carried away. We thought we were going to change the world.” His opinion mirrors the views of European students on the Vietnam War as discussed above, indicating somewhat of a global consensus or conformity among young …show more content…
We had to get jobs, got married. We forgot about all that.” For many, the passion in the movement turned to ambivalence or at least took lower priority when the reality of jobs, marriages, and families set in. Meanwhile, as young people radically protested their society, their elders began to react with “Law and Order.” The latter part of the widely used slogan shows that conservatives viewed the changing culture as disorder. Politicians used the phrase to respond to both traditionalist Cold War governance and radical youth movements. Evangelical groups advocated for “family values” as an alternative to freer sexual mores. The swing towards conservatism of many prominent figures drew the middle with it, just as, a decade earlier, the radicalization of young people had sparked new conversations for moderates. [Author] credits the youth movement with “open[ing] all these questions [racial justice, militarism, structure of higher education, etc.], and made them safe for the middle… In order for the biases and hypocrisy of the legal system to become matters of public concern, and for the institution of the police to be seen as a political problem of the first order, the young have paid heavily in their freedom, security, and dignity.” But changing the conversation did not change the increased prominence of conservative politics: despite Barry Goldwater’s

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