In the mids, the United States Government started a huge military surge wherein large qualities of American troops were sent to Vietnam to destabilize and destroy the communist North Vietnamese government, which was supported by the Soviet Union and China. On the other hand, Jack Kerouac broke with Ginsberg and criticized the s protest movements as an "excuse for spitefulness".
At times the past must be cast aside to see the future clearly.
They lived in communes together and would frequently move out into the woods to become one with nature as they would do drugs and make love. Peace, man. Along with this, the s were also defined by major events like the Cuban Revolution of and the failed Hungarian Revolt of Moreover, it's one thing to say you want a revolution, quite another to try to affect one.
Hippies, almost all of whom were white and middle-class, owed a lot to the Beat Generation. The beat poet Allen Ginsberg coined the expression in as a way for people to turn war into peace.
Once the risk of an unwanted pregnancy plummeted, the double standard ended. A number of them had been highly active in the Civil Rights Movement in the first half of the s, traveling across the country to take part in sit-ins and marches against segregation in the South.
Hippies tended to be dropouts from society, forgoing regular jobs and careers, although some developed small businesses that catered to other hippies. No longer wanting to keep up with the Joneses or confine themselves to white picket-fenced corrals of repressive and Puritanical sexual norms, these fresh-faced masses would soon come to be known as Hippies.
The hippies were also very easy to identify because of the way they looked and the clothes they wore.
The counterculture started as a youth movement and their ideas on all things political, social, cultural and every day values were much different then what American citizens had ever seen before.