Where Have All the Flower Children Gone?
Publication Year: 2006
Published by: University Press of Mississippi
Introduction: A Guide to This Book
It was November 2, 2004, the day of the presidential election. I was in Madison, Wisconsin, doing some follow-up research for this book. Although I’ve been to many universities during the course of my career, be it to talk about the Vietnam protests or for unrelated reasons, it seemed as if University of Wisconsin most embodied the spirit of the 1960s, at least as I remembered them. ...
1. The Protesters: From Port Huron to Kent State and Jackson State
On May 4, 1970, four students were killed and nine others wounded at Kent State University (KSU) in Ohio. These shots ricocheted around the academic world, closing 728 campuses and disrupting countless high schools. The sixty-seven bullets flred in thirteen seconds at 12:24 p.m. ripped and rended the lives of those present on a grassy slope called Blanket Hill as well as their families and loved ones. ...
2. Hardliners: The Conservatives and the Hawks
Forty-one years to the day after the “historic” adoption of the Sharon Statement, two planes flew into the World Trade Center, with two more headed for the Pentagon and Washington. These and other events, such as the advent of the digital age and all the sophistication that entails and the onset and spread of AIDS, have made what once were flashpoint issues about as incendiary as a decades-old cherry ...
3. Communes and Former Radicals: Selling Out or Stuck in Time?
Except this wedding wasn’t Anywhere, USA. This was the Farm, in Summerville, Tennessee, one of the oldest and, during its heyday, the largest Vietnam-era communes in the United States. The bride and groom were offspring of the original followers of Stephen Gaskin, a former English professor from San Francisco. Gaskin’s Monday night ...
4. And It’s One, Two, Three: Draft Evaders, Expatriates, and Conscientious Objectors
The Country Joe song, sung at Woodstock and at protests before and since, eloquently captures the mindset of young men such as Dennis McFadden (not his real name), who could be the poster child for the stereotypical draft dodger. “I started to flll out the CO [conscientious objector] paperwork but realized I’d probably be turned down because ...
5. Vietnam and Iraq: Older and Younger Generations Speak Out
In early 2003, as the United States was gearing up its assault on Iraq, massive antiwar rallies took place not only in Washington but in San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and many smaller cities. Demonstrations involving hundreds of thousands occurred around the world as well. ...
6. Friends and Peers: Where Have All the Flower Children Gone?
What a blast of cold water: These seemingly nondescript middle-aged males were yesterday’s whippet-thin, long-haired, pot-smoking, blue-jeaned, goddamn hippie freaks. The anecdote on the previous page provides a partial answer to the question, Where have all the flower children gone? An even shorter response might be nowhere and everywhere. One doesn’t have to look far to find someone who ...
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Publication Year: 2006
OCLC Number: 221695125
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