The American Counterculture Movement

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The American counterculture movement began with the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy, the termination of the United States combat involvement in Southeast Asia, the end of the draft in 1973, and the resignation of President Richard M. Nixon in 1974. Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) was the main organizational groups of the campus-based radical movement known as the New Left in the 1960s. The New Left was a term used to describe the left wing movements in the 1960s and 1970s.
Students for a Democratic Society were the largest and most influential radical student organization of the 1960s. At the beginning, there were just a few dozen members, inspired by the civil rights movement and initially concerned with equality, economic justice, peace, and participatory democracy. With the escalation of the Vietnam War, SDS grew rapidly as young people protested the destruction wrought by the United States government and military. Polite protest turned into stronger and more determined resistance as rage and frustration increased all across the country.
“We are people of this generation, bred in at least modest comfort, housed now in universities, looking uncomfortably to the world we inherit,” according to the manifesto known as the Port Huron Statement. The Port Huron Statement was created by 60 young Americans who traveled in June 1962 to a retreat at the base of Lake Huron, Michigan, to hash out their beliefs about social change. All these years later,…
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