Youth Movements of the 1960s

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the Youth Movements of the 1960s The 1960s are a decade that have become known as a time of “peace and music”; a time when large parts of the youth population came together to try and change the things that they did not find right in the world. However, it was a decade spattered in blood which had its share of horrific, brutal events. The 1960s were marked by extreme changes in social norms and culture that shocked the elders of society,and served as a time for educational reform as well as social reform, and since that decade, the world’s school systems, cultural norms, and political positions have been permanently altered. Although the youth of China and Western Europe did not fight for the same causes, both proved that young…show more content…
The United Front continued to protest, and held several rallies and sit­ in’s, occupying the campus multiple times, and were denied by the administration continuously. The school held its ground on “political neutrality”, despite that, as one of the prominent figures of the United Front pointed out, the school was involved in military weapons and technology, including the design of atom bombs. Eventually, the United Front evolved into the “Free Speech Movement”. After receiving support from select faculty members, the Free Speech Movement held a sit­in that lasted over two days, which shut down the school. Over 700 people were arrested, and many members of society and the school faculty were upset by the presence of state police. There was an enormous strike, which over 10.000 students and faculty participated in, and that lasted more than a week, and finally, the school board gave in, and lifted the policy (Cruden 37). This enormous breakthrough in the history of student power showed that it was possible for the students to change the things around them, and that they were not powerless against the authority of the executive school board administration. The students of Britain took this model of defiance and applied it to their own culture. As the unrest among the students grew due to an increasing number of unfair rules and policies in universities, there was a
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