Emerging From The Restrictive Culture Of The 1950 ' S Essay

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Emerging from the restrictive culture of the 1950’s, the counterculture of the 1960s challenged the prescribed norms, roles and expectations of the previous generations that outcasted youth found restrictive and alienating. Baby Boomers retained the abstract goals of mainstream society; they sought individual freedom and opportunities for self-determination. But their vision of the American dream widened the traditional definitions of freedom to include bodily, psychological, and political freedoms. 60’s counterculture disagreed with the capitalist, patriarchal, white supremacist foundation of American life and turned against the traditional ideas of american identity in rebellion, seeking freedom and coexistence in an increasingly confined and competitive society.

The generation that originated the counterculture of the 60’s, the Baby Boomers, grew up in a highly restrictive culture of uniformity and strict, Anglo-Christian morality. 1950’s America was thriving off of a post-war economic boom, and American exceptionalist mentality permeated social narratives, ever juxtaposing the US against the faceless enemy of communism and fascism.
Still grappling with societal changes of WWII. Work in war industries had offered higher quality jobs, once inhabited by men, to working women. This created expectations of continued equal opportunities for women in the workforce. Women did continue to work when soldiers returned, but in lower wage non union service positions as they had
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