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  1. "Nobody knows whether we were catalysts or invented something, or just the froth riding on a wave of its own. We were all three, I suppose.” – Allen Ginsberg New York’s Counterculture of the ’50s: BeatniksBy: Cameron Seymour

  2. Origins of the Movement • “Beat Generation” coined by Jack Kerouac in late 40s • Columbia University • Lucien Carr • A reaction to prevailing academic thought and current American culture

  3. Themes of the movement • Rejection of prevailing American middle-class values • Anti-academic • Sexual liberation and revolution • Drug usage • Non-censorship in writing • Eastern Religion

  4. Notable figures and works • William Burroughs- Naked Lunch • Jack Kerouac- On the Road • Allen Ginsberg- Howl • Neal Cassady

  5. Beat Generation’s Legacy • Beatniks • San Francisco • Hippies