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TheSixties - Tie-Dyed Revolution Max Forkner Forkner 1 Greg...

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Tie-Dyed Revolution Forkner 1 Max Forkner Greg Heinzman October 29, 2009 English 101 The Sixties: A Tie-Dyed Revolution When people think of the sixties, generally the first things that come to their mind are The Beatles, LSD, flower power, and war. For some, however, the first word that comes to minds is revolution. The term “The Sixties” refers to a period between the years of 1960- 1973. It was an age of selfishness, heartbreak and cruelty. Yet though all the tribulation, an outpouring of idealism arose, fueled by the youth, fear, and that rhythmic magic that we call music. But how significant was this so-called “counterculture” fueled revolution of the Sixties? How has it carried on from its roots of chaos and distrust, to modern day society? Imagine that everyday when you wake up, you have to live in fear that your government is plotting against you. Afraid that one of these days they’ll sweep you up and ship you off to a foreign country to fight a war that’s not worth fighting. But even your own country isn’t safe; it is filled with prejudice and disorganization. It is as if you are a prisoner to the establishment that was created to protect you. This is how the people living during the 1960’s felt everyday. The affliction was great, anxiety was building, and emotions were stirred. But from such madness, how could such a revolution arise? The leaders of this generation belonged to a generation known as the “baby boomers”. They were the sons and daughters of survivors; sons and daughters of those who had faced such hardships as the Great Depression and World War II. Post war, the soldiers
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Tie-Dyed Revolution Forkner 2 went to college, started businesses, created the suburbs, and had babies, lots of babies. According to the United States Census Bureau, seventy six million babies were born between 1946 and 1960 (Wikipedia). Little did our nation’s heroes know that they were creating a generation which would come to leave a larger mark on the US than any other generation of youth. “Kids of the baby boom, we had freedom, we had money Baby boom, here in the land of milk and honey Counting our chickens way too soon Kids of the baby boom” -“Kids of the Baby Boom” by Bellamy Brothers The boomers grew up in a time of disorder. The country was in a state of unrest and fear was everywhere. Fear of the communists, fear of nuclear war, and fear of the Domino Theory, which speculated that one small instance could spread communism across the world like a row of dominoes (Wikipedia). There was fear of drugs, sex, and mortal sin. But mainly, fear of a nation divided by such afflictions as discrimination and Jim Crow. And eventually fear of their own government which swore to protect them. At a tumultuous time, all the people really need was a strong and effective leader that could save them from the big bad commies. On Tuesday November 8 th , John F. Kennedy defeated Richard Nixon in one of the closest presidential races the nation had ever seen. Kennedy became that much needed leader.
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