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Historical Context Behind Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. A brief introduction to the social, political, and economic turmoil that changed America during just one decade. A world full of the same. Social boiling points: Communist Scare Levittowns Commodification

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Historical context behind ken kesey s one flew over the cuckoo s nest

Historical Context Behind Ken Kesey’sOne Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

A brief introduction to the social, political, and economic turmoil that changed America during just one decade.


A world full of the same

A world full of the same

  • Social boiling points:

    • Communist Scare

    • Levittowns

    • Commodification

    • Segregation of society


Break on through the creation of the counterculture

Break on Through: The Creation of the Counterculture

  • The Haight Ashbury

    • Beatnik Writers and other Influences

      • Jazz musicians based in Harlem

      • Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac

    • Emergence of Psychedelic Retail Shops

      • Albert Hoffman and LSD

      • Owlsey Stanley and his distribution empire

  • On the other side of the pond: Timothy Leary

    • “Turn on, tune in, drop out”

    • Psychedelic Literature and uses


Ken kesey a rebel

Ken Kesey: A rebel

  • Kesey’s history with LSD

    • Stanford Psych Ward

    • Tim Leary’s LSD literature

  • Kesey’s Approach

    • Recreational use

  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1962)

    • Shocking, controversial, and was attempted to be banned from 1974-2000

    • A symbol for the repression society place upon the up and coming baby boomers


Aftermath of cuckoo s nest

Aftermath of Cuckoo’s Nest

Acid Tests

Very Merry Pranksters


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