Mainstream America

By: Devin Oneal 5/5/2015

Life Style

They were very patriotic

They believed in the institution of marriage

They believed in the American Dream

They believed conformity kept society ordered

Drugs in the 60's and 70's

While marijuana was most popular, the mind-altering LSD or “acid” was increasing in use.

As drugs grew in popularity, newspapers & schools pointed out the increasing numbers of youth dying from drug overdoses

Music in the 60's and 70's

The folk, pop, & rock music of the 1960s also challenged mainstream values.

Bob Dylan’s folk songs, like The Times They Are A-Changin’, became anthems, promoting social justice.

The Beatles sang about a “Revolution” inspiring youth to change their world, while Joni Mitchell sang about preserving nature in Big Yellow Taxi

By late 60s, psychedelic rock was in vogue w/groups like Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix, & the Doors, Led Zeppelin heavy guitar & explicit sex & drug references

In ’69, these elements all came together at a farm in NY at the Woodstock festival. More than 500K people came together to camp out, take drugs, engage in free love, & listen to rock

Sexual Revolution

The ’60s saw a revolution in the realm of human sexuality and the c-c was largely responsible for it.

Teens scoffed at their parents’ values & called them sexually repressed.

They called for “free love” or casual sex.

Medical advances, like the birth control pill, made sexual activity without fear of pregnancy easier.

Soon the country was seeing the effects of this “new freedom”- women went braless, movies showed sex b/t men and women, & songs made explicit references to sex

It should also be noted that the gay rights movement began as a result of this new freedom

There was also an incredible rise in STDs &, despite improved birth control, illegitimate children born