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Unit 6 Seminar: The Counter-Culture 1950s o Homogenous time period, on the surface o Father Knows Best , media narrowed views of “good life” o Rumblings in urban centers o Poets, writers stirred a new movement – “The Beats” o Who were they? Ken Kesey Allen Ginsberg William S. Burroughs Jack Kerouac Wrote radical works Howl (Ginsberg) and Naked Lunch (Burroughs) took to court for obscenity The Beats Radical, sexual, bohemians Rejected materialism for spirituality First “hippies” HIGHLY EDUCATED Many went to Columbia University Most were upper class, white males Ushered in core values of the 1960s o Free love o Eastern spirituality o Jazz o Drugs o Homosexuality o Romantics (Byron, Shelley) o Timothy Leary American psychologist and writer Advocated and explored therapeutic potential for psychedelic drugs under controlled conditions Not a “beatnik” or member of the counter-culture Argued newly discovered LSD initiated religious experience

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