The Black Civil Rights Movement: The Counterculture Movement

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The Counterculture Movement means a serial of protestant movements, especially the remonstration against war and the mainstream culture, which was registered by the American young people in the 1960s. This movement not only included the “political revolution”, such as Women’s Liberation Movement, the Black Civil Right’s Movement, Antiwar Peace Movement, and so on, but also included the “cultural revolution”, such as rock, drugs, sex, hippie, mysticism, and egoism. It started with the Californian government’s cracking down the Free Speech Movement on campus in 1964, reached its climax in 1968, with the assassination of Martin Luther King and the escalation of Vietnam War, and ended with the evacuation of the American army from Vietnam in 1975. This movement caused a significant impact on the American society. Why did the counterculture Movement happen at that time? It appears that it was…show more content…
Although this generation was brought up in the prosperous society, they went through too many terrible events. Since they were young, the bloody Korean War and the explosion of hydrogen bomb left them with the terrible impressions. After they grew up, they also experienced a lot. Many of their friends and relatives died on the battlefield. The long-term unstable society and the cold war made them have the sense of lost. They began to suspect the democracy of their country. Facing this kind of frustration, their choices were not decadence, depression, but resistance. They disbelieved their government, hated the Vietnam War, but they were still patriotic. Although the Counterculture Movement had many negative factors, such as decadent, crackers, vulgar and mysterious, which caused a bad effect on the youth, behind the decadent lifestyle, they had the motivated and raging dreams. Their spirits of seeking for the justice, desiring for freedom and peace became the precious treasures of American

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