Hippie Movement

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THE CONTROVERSY OF THE HIPPIE MOVEMENT
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Habiba Hussein
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English Literature
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Miss Seioufi
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February, 27th 2013
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OUTLINE
Thesis: The Hippie Movement began in and around the 1960’s. This liberal movement was a source of excitement for many teenagers and young adults alike (these people’s ages raged mainly between 15-25 years). It started out in the United States of America during the Vietnam War later spreading to other parts of the world such as Canada and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. These people simply rejected the ways of their predecessors and simply “dropped-out”. -------------------------------------------------

I- Introduction to the Hippie Movement
a) Overview and duration of the Hippie Movement
b) The rise of the Hippie Movement
c) Main aims of the Hippie Movement

II- Important people in the Hippie Movement
a) Janis Joplin
b) John Lennon
c) Dr. Timothy Leary

III- The downsides of the Hippie Movement
a) Effects of drugs
b) Views on sexuality
c) Effects of unemployment on the economy
d) “Destruction” or “corruption” of an entire generation

IV- The benefits of the Hippie Movement
a) Effects on music
b) “Dropping out” and the effects on the Vietnam War
c) Effects on racial equality
V- Success of the Hippie Movement

The Hippie Movement began in and around the 1960’s. This liberal movement was a source of excitement for many teenagers and young adults alike (these people’s ages raged mainly between 15-25 years). It started out in the United States of America during the Vietnam War later spreading to other parts of the world such as Canada and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. These people simply rejected the ways of their predecessors and simply “dropped-out”.

Many of these Hippies were well educated people who found that there was a cause greater than any of what their ancestors had worked for. Also, many of them had inherited a lot of money from family members who had no one else to give the money to, and whether intentionally or inadvertently the money ended up in their hands.

These “Flower Children”, as they were known, were known to be fighting against the brutalities inflicted upon the Vietnamese by the United States’ government. They regularly rebelled and led protests outside important governmental offices. They slept in parks and in their cars just to show the world that they support humanity and that they are not blind followers of their government. Although many believe that this style of living was one of the main reasons behind the United States’ retreat from Vietnam, other people find that the Hippies were a bad influence on many of the teenagers of that time.

The Hippie Movement had many influential people working with it. Some were singers others were doctors and some were just simply people with loud voices. Of these was the Woodstock Queen Janis Joplin. Joplin...
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