The Hippie Movement

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Thesis: During the 1950’s the hippie movement began, hippies rebelled against society, had their own way of living, and had an impact on the world.

I. Introduction
A. How hippies formed
B. What inspired them to be this way
C. Thesis
II. Rebelling Against Society
A. Drop out
1. From school
2. From materialistic life
B. Drugs
1. LSD, marijuana, etc.
2. Sold them to stay living
III. Living style
A. Fashion
1. Clothes and shoes
2. Hair and accessories
B. Living
1. In small groups, sharing possessions
2. Moved from place to place
3. Begged for money
C. Music
1. Connected at concerts
2. Musicians
IV. Impact
A. Disapproval
1. Ronald Regan quote
2. Everyone who wasn’t a hippie
B. Increased arrests and violence
C. More antiwar and environmental movements
V. Life later on
A. Afterwards
1. Went back to normal
2. Stayed eco-friendly
B. What we see of it today
VI. Conclusion
A. Thesis
B. Effects

Haley Burns
Mr. McDermott
Honors History 9
28 May 2012
The Hippie Movement
The anti-establish movement was the main contribution to the formation of the hippie movement of the 1960’s. The word “hippie” comes from the word “hip” meaning tuned in or aware of the culture. Most hippies came from white-middle class families and ranged from age 15 to 25 years old (Zablocki 1). People growing up in the 1950’s became a hippie because they didn’t feel like they fit in with their future duties of having an office job or being a house wife (Pendergast 1). Another name for hippies was “flower children” because they would give people flowers to communicate their gentleness and love (Zablocki 1). Flower children believed that they lived at the dawning of a new age which was dedicated to love and peace (Firm 128). During the later years of the 1960’s, the hippie movement began; hippies rebelled against society, had their own way of living, and had an impact on the world.

To follow their beliefs, hippies would rebel against authority and drop out from society. They believed that it was fashionable to quit school, smoke marijuana, enjoy free love, wear loud clothes, and grow long hair. Hippies also rejected authority and the status quo and believed that the way to change society was to drop out of the materialistic world (Chepesiuk 1). Young men were being drafted into the army and they felt suffocated by what that future might hold for them (Pendergast 1). All that the hippies wanted was the world to be based on love, humanity, and peace. They would do this by expressing themselves with their own opinions (Zablocki 1). To make money and survive, they would sell marijuana and LSD. LSD stands for lysergic acid diethylamide, which is a synthetic drug that creates delusions and visual hallucinations when taken in large doses. It is typically bought as a liquid and taken by the mouth. LSD is an illegal drug that has been used since the 1960’s (“LSD Fast Facts”). Hippies would call themselves acid heads if they were one to use LSD (Chepesiuk 1). The drug was used by a variety of people. Even if people belonged to different social cliques, they would look past that and use the drug together just to get the effect. For example, a gay Jewish New York man and a Hell’s Angels gang member from Oakland looked past their differences and enjoyed a hallucinated night of music and LSD together (Firm 127). Richard Nixon described Timothy Leary by saying he was “the most dangerous man in America”. Timothy Leary experimented with LSD in 1960 when it was still a legal substance. He taught psychology at a Harvard University. Later he formed the League of Spiritual Discovery, an LSD advocacy group. When the drug was banned he was arrested and put into prison for 10 years. He escaped from prison and was recaptured in 1973. Leary’s conviction was overturned in 1976 and he later died in 1996 (Firm 128). In 1961 Neal Cassidy...
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