The 1960's gave birth to the "Hippies." These were
individuals best known for rejecting many of society's
morals and attitude. Those who did not live during this
era may be able to pinpoint a hippie while browsing
photographs depicting the sixties.
Hippies were likely the
ones wearing very flamboyant outfits painted with flowers,
long hair, and giving a peace sign.
Hippies were born in
the midst of a revolution. The revolution of the 1960's
was a time when sexual freedom, drug use, and wild music
took centered stage.
Hippies were often
termed swingers. The introduction of the birth control
pill gave many adults "and teenagers" the freedom to
experiment with sex without the fear of pregnancy.
The birth control pill
was especially praised among females. For the first time,
women could express their sexuality with a number of
Hippies were also known to engage in risky drug
behavior. During the 1960's drugs such as marijuana, LSD,
and cocaine were easily accessible.
Because hippies adopted a
notion of freedom, many experimented with drugs in order
to achieve a euphoric state of mind. Unfortunately,
several hippies of the sixties developed addiction
problems and died from drug overdose.
Despite negative thoughts associated with this specific
group of individuals, hippies were known for their love
and compassion for others.
The 1960's were a time or
racial divide among Americans. Schools were segregated,
and people of different races had a unconcealed hate for
On the other hand, the hippies
embraced everyone regardless of color, faith, or sex.
Hippies were deeply concerned with ending segregation,
which prompted many to take part in historic movements
such as the March on Washington.
Moreover, hippies promoted
love, thus many were involved in several protests to end
the Vietnam War.
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