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  1. The 1960’s Counter Culture and Reform

  2. Counter Culture • Grew out of 1950’s movements, civil rights activism and paralleled the anti-war movement • Increasing distrust of authority • Rejection of conformity and obedience of the “greatest generation” • Baby boom generation

  3. Cultural Changes • Music • Rock-n-roll • Beatles/Bob Dylan • Art – questioned what was “real” • Changing religious views – New Age/Buddhism, less participation in organized religion • Increased drug use • Increasing crime helped end movement by 1969 along with high profile deaths

  4. Women’s Rights Movement • 1960’s/70’s – rise of feminism, emphasis on equality not just voting rights • Typified by Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique • NOW – National Organization of Women • Wanted to break the “glass ceiling” and redefine traditional stereotypes for women • Supported ERA – Equal Rights Amendment • Gained Title IX – Higher Education Act -1972

  5. Roe v. Wade • 1973 Supreme Court Case • Right of a women to have an abortion • Remains controversial today • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1q5AgCzPIuA

  6. The Environmental Movement • Increasing environmental disasters • Deadly smog • Acid rain • Rivers on fire • Rachel Carson and Silent Spring (1962) • Focused on DDT and pesticide use effects • Pointed out role of human activity in environmental damage • Faced tremendous pressure and controversy • Proven correct (bald eagles nearly wiped out) • Earth Day • Love Canal https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LkgE0_OOqso