Christopher Gair

in The American Counterculture

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print February 2007 | ISBN: 9780748619887
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671137 | DOI:

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This chapter provides a selective overview of the place of the counterculture in the ‘long 1960s’ – the period from the Woolworth’s lunch-counter sit-ins in Greensboro, NC, through the election of John F Kennedy to the Nixon Presidency and the end of the Vietnam War. It introduces key figues and events, such as San Francisco’s ‘Summer of Love’, the role of the Beatles in America, Charles Manson, Woodstock and the 1968 Chicago Democratic Convention that will be explored in more detail later in the book.

Keywords: Civil Rights; Summer of Love; Woodstock; Cuban Missile Crisis; Bob Dylan; Diggers

Chapter.  8067 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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