Youth Culture History Paper

1075 WordsMay 27, 20135 Pages
Kim Chau History 148 Paper #2 Word Count: 949 The decade of the 1950's sparked the rise of youth power. It was the beginning of actual “teenagers”. Post World War ll brought a baby boom that led to a mass amount of young people in the fifties. The youth culture was a significant social change that was taking place in America. The fifties youth culture had a considerable influence over pop culture. Their behavior, interests, and ideas were distinct from their parents. “Their attempts to forge an identity worried adults, who couldn't understand the shift (Shmoop Editorial Team).” The fifties were essential to youth culture because it marked the historical roots of teenagers. In essence, prior to the 1950’s, the youth lacked freedom to…show more content…
Teenagers had a great amount of contribution to consumerism. The teen culture created a new market for companies to target. With the free time teens had, it allowed more freedom as well as money to spend which sets apart teenagers from before. This change allowed a separate youth culture to evolve. The era of the 1960’s is known as the hippie decade. The mid sixties was the beginning of teenagers creating a different lifestyle than the decades before them. This lifestyle included more freedom, nonconformity, and speaking up about their opinions. Music such as Rock and Roll defined the youth culture of the sixties. The 1970’s were a time of transition for America. It changed from the youth being active in social injustices by protesting, to being apathetic about politics. The young people just wanted to be happy for a change and wanted to have a good time. The use of drugs and sexual activity was significant during that time period. They were very experimental and did what they wanted to do without much worries. The seventies were a simple time more about not worrying. The youth’s creation of the hippie lifestyle of the sixties and the relaxed lifestyle of the seventies differed from the fifties in a way that it was a rebellion against the constricting social roles and
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