Essay on American Counter Culture

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American Counter Culture

The Counter Culture Life in America has been molded by many factors including those of the hippie movement in the Sixties. With the development of new technology, a war against Communism, and an internal war against racial injustice, a change in America was sure to happen. As the children of the baby boom became young adults, they found far more discontent with the world around them. This lead to a subculture labeled as hippies, that as time went one merged into a mass society all its own. These people were upset about a war in Vietnam, skeptical of the present government and its associated authority, and searching for a place to free themselves from society’s current norms, bringing the style they are known
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Even more are torn-by reluctance to participate in a war whose toll keeps escalating, but about whose purpose and value to the U.S. they remain unclear. With the fear of being sent to Vietnam, many potential draftees looked for a place to run. Some went to Mexico, some went to Europe, some went to Canada, and some just burnt their draft-cards to resist the draft. For those who went to Canada, they received assistance from the Committee to Aid American War Objectors. The committee helped the young immigrants with advice and aid on the Canadian immigration laws. For those who didn’t flee, life was full of harassment from the Government.

Popular music and literature help display this message of repression. Jimi Hendrix released a song titled "If 6 was 9" that described his oppression: "White collared conservative flashing down the street/Pointing their plastic finger at me/They’re hoping soon my kind will drop and die...Go on Mr. business man/You can’t dress like me." During Woodstock, the music festival in ’69, Country Joe and the Fish sang lyrics that were both comical and intense: "What are we fighting for?/Don’t ask me, I don’t give a damn/Next stop is Vietnam...Whoopee we’re all gonna die." Jerry Rubin illustrated his anger in the government, in the book he

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