What is the Hippies Movement?

The hippies was a period in the 60’s in which people, mainly younger folks, were trying to break away from societie’s values that were being placed on them.  They did this by protesting what they saw wrong with the world, including the Vietnam war.  Peace became the ultimate message of the 60’s.(10)

The hippies Movement began in San Francisco and spread across the United States.  Many hippies relocated to a certain area of San Francisco know as the Haight Ashbury District.

Drugs were a part of the hippies movement, marijuana being the most commonly used drug of the decade, followed by LSD.  Dr. Timothy Leary, a Harvard professor, was notorious for his thoeries and encouragement of LSD.  The Hippies also took the form of dropping out of society to enforce the changes they felt neccessary.  It was an era of rebellion.

These are some popular looks of the 1960’s

Hippy is an establishment label for a
profound, invisible, underground, evolutionary process. For every visible hippy,
barefoot, beflowered, beaded, there are a thousand invisible members of the
turned-on underground. Persons whose lives are tuned in to their inner vision,
who are dropping out of the TV comedy of American Life.

Timothy Leary (The Politics of Ecstasy)


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