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A Turf of Their Own: The Experiments and Contradictions of 1960s Utopianism

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dc.contributor.advisor Krippner, James Ivy-Taylor, David 2011-06-01T14:37:48Z 2011-06-01T14:37:48Z 2011
dc.description.abstract After WWII, the world had to adjust to new technologies, new scientific concepts, new political realities, and new social standards. While America was economically wealthy after the war, it still had to deal with extremely difficult social and cultural challenges. Due to these new aspects of life, there were increasing differences in both the interests and values of children and their parents, what we have learned to call the "generation gap". The "generational gap" between the youth culture and their parents meant a polarizing society, each hating and completely misunderstanding the other. This eventually resulted in a highly political youth culture that was laterally opposed to the government. Through isolation, the counterculture began to develop new philosophies and new ways of thinking, and a huge part of that philosophy was the pursuit of a "Good Society", a utopian dream for world peace. This element of counterculture society can be seen in the real world in events like the Woodstock Music Festival, in which over half a million people gathered together in common pursuit of this utopian dream. However, through the construction of this utopia, the counterculture set their expectations too high, and were dramatically shocked when the concert at Altamont only four months later ended in total disaster. In this way, we can see how 1960s utopianism-—which defined the decade--ultimately doomed itself to failure.
dc.description.sponsorship Haverford College. Department of History
dc.language.iso eng
dc.subject.lcsh United States -- Social conditions -- 1960-1980
dc.subject.lcsh Conflict of generations -- United States -- History -- 20th century
dc.subject.lcsh Utopias -- History -- 20th century
dc.title A Turf of Their Own: The Experiments and Contradictions of 1960s Utopianism
dc.type Thesis
dc.rights.access Open Access

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