The Revolution Of The Vietnam War And The Counterculture Movement

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Origins
In the late 1960s into the 1970s, there was a revolutionary current throughout the college campuses in the United States. In the midst of the Vietnam War and the counterculture movement, student groups and protests began popping up around the country—and then progressively growing larger and more networked. Chief among those revolutionary leftist groups was the Students for a Democratic Society, which would become nearly synonymous with the growing youth discontent. In what would become an official SDS charter, the Port Huron Statement, Tom Hayden laid out his generation’s growing discontent:
“We are people of this generation, bred in at least modest comfort, housed now in universities, looking uncomfortably to the world we inherit. When we were kids the United States was the wealthiest and strongest country in the world: the only one with the atom bomb, the least scarred by modern war, an initiator of the United Nations that we thought would distribute Western influence throughout the world. Freedom and equality for each individual, government of, by, and for the people -- these American values we found good, principles by which we could live as men. Many of us began maturing in complacency.” (Hayden, 1962)
The Port Huron Statement would become the “Agenda for a Generation. For those turning college-aged in the infancy of the counterculture movement, life began simple, soft, and pampered. It was easy physically, financially, and with Cold War rhetoric in full swing,…

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