Counter Culture


Hippies were very popular in the 1960’s and 1970’s. They emerged from the United States and across the world. Hippies first appeared in California, according to https://blastfrompast.wikispaces.com/Hippie+Culture they were described as a danger to society. Many of them were teens, they would express themselves in unusual ways. Hippies disliked violence and believed in freedom of expression. The hippie movement was caused by many events and or issues throughout the United States in the 1960’s. The summer of love was an event were many hippies came to celebrate their culture. At that time, Time magazine had published how a hippie would be, “Do you own thing, wherever you have to do and whenever you want. Drop out. Leave society as you have known it. Leave it utterly. Blow the mind of every straight person you can reach. Turn them on, if not to drugs, then to beauty, love, honesty, and fun.” Hippie counterculture was a huge impact on the Vietnam war as well since it was in the 1960’s. The laws, civil right movements, sexual attitudes, political, social and traditional beliefs were also influenced by hippies.

What makes you a hippie?

In the 1960's being a hippie was taking a big stand against society. Hippies are those that aren't afraid to express themselves. You don't care what they think of you a hippie, would say. you don't have to follow rules, You are what you want to become. Important features in the 1960's as hippies were your appearance and culture. Men hippies would usually have long hair and funky clothing. Women hippies wouldn't shave their armpits or legs and wouldn't wear bras sometimes. This action was to go against the traditional American lifestyle. Materialism wasn't important to them or technology and this was all a part of their new culture. Although they created a new culture there were people that made stereotypes. Hippies embraced peace and love instead of hate and war. They were influenced by music as well as drugs. So are you a hippie?


"Cause and Effect of the 1960s Hippie Movement." Where Soul Meets Body. 12 Jan. 2014. Web. 20 Sept. 2015.

This site shows how hippies caused certain events and what the outcomes were. The website uses wikipedia as one of the sources.

"The Hippie Counter Culture Movement (1960’s)." Mortal Journey. Web. 20 Sept. 2015.

This website helps do define what counter culture was. It gives events that involved hippies and the impact of it. It has good information but is missing sources.

"2.2. Impact on the Society - Hippie Subculture." 2.2. Impact on the Society - Hippie Subculture. Web. 20 Sept. 2015.

This site shows the influences of hippies and aspects of hippies. Not only does it give positive aspects of hippies but also negative. Although it gives good information it lacks on giving its sources.