Youth Movements of the 1960s Essay

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the Youth Movements of the 1960s
The 1960s are a decade that have become known as a time of “peace and music”; a time when large parts of the youth population came together to try and change the things that they did not find right in the world. However, it was a decade spattered in blood which had its share of horrific, brutal events.
The 1960s were marked by extreme changes in social norms and culture that shocked the elders of society,and served as a time for educational reform as well as social reform, and since that decade, the world’s school systems, cultural norms, and political positions have been permanently altered. Although the youth of China and Western Europe did not fight for the same causes, both proved that young
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At one point, there were eight students per one microscope, and 32,000 students using a library designed for 500 (Scott 351). The universities in Western Europe did not prepare for this extreme rise in student population, and it caused the conditions of their campuses to diminish rapidly.
The Vietnam War also had a profound effect and influence on the youth of the 1960s. A British
Vietnam soldier, Tarqui Ali, says that “the resistance of the Vietnamese people showed it could be done— a fight back was possible. If poor peasants could do it, why not the people in Western
Europe?” (Fraser 3). The idea that a poor, third­ world country could drive out an enormous force like the United States military inspired the youth to take action against the prejudices against them and assert themselves beyond doubt, as the armies of the Vietcong were doing.
One of the biggest inspirations for the student revolution in Europe came from the student revolt that took place in 1964 at the University of California, Berkeley. A new policy by the school executives prohibited student political groups from assembling and distributing papers dealing with social issues— supposedly to keep the campus “politically neutral”, but the policy was underhandedly directed towards the civil rights advocates, though all political groups on campus were made to suffer. Recognizing the inequity occurring, the political groups on

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