The Student Union Development in 1960's and 1970's Essay

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The Student Union Development in 1960's and 1970's

In the 1960's the USA was benefiting from post war affluence. People had more money because their wages had increased. This meant that parents were able to give their children "pocket-money". Children were then able to spend this money on the things that were available at the time. These were things like going to the cinema. In the cinema they could see films made by Hollywood about daredevil young men living on the edge. The films gave the impression it was good to live for the moment, "live fast, die young" This was just what happened to young film star James Dean, he died while driving a very fast car. Films were becoming more adventurous. Sex
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The parents of the fans often disagreed with the influence of Elvis in their children's lives because of his sexually fuelled performances. The Beach Boys began recording music that appealed to teenagers at school. The Beatles, from England, burst into popularity with innovative rock music that appealed to all ages.Bob Dylan was also another artist from the 1960's. In his songs he would sing about subjects like, nuclear war, racism and the waging of war.

The 1960's was also a decade of social unrest, many people were not happy. Many people were campaigning for civil rights and many people were also protesting against government policies. Many students were affected by the campaigning and so many of them joined in with the campaigns. This began to start a lot of political activity within the country's colleges and universities. Students began to join groups; they were able to do this because they had more freedom, for example, in 1967 the oral contraceptive pill became legal, this gave women to option on when they wanted to have children. The students knew that they were going to be the next generation of the country and they wanted to change the way that things were at the time. It was no surprise that by the mid 1960's a lot of the students were heavily involved in the protests.

The American president John F. Kennedy was seen by many
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