Kirsten WingA37359474November 14th, 2007ENG 203 Sec. 002In the 1940s and 50s the writings and lifestyles of the Beat Generation were considered extreme and foolish. In fact, many of their books were banned from mainstream publication. But, despite all of the negative criticism the Beats still managed to change American culture and influence almost every generation after them.In a time of cookie-cutter houses and traditional family values, the Beats were one of the first subcultures to form a backlash against the conformity of mainstream America. These feelings of oppression are particularly evident in Allen Ginsberg’s poem America when he writes, “America, when will we end this human war? Go fuck yourself with your atom bomb…Are you going to let your emotional life be run by Time Magazine?”The Beat Generation is a perfect example of the American tradition of dissent.