Thursday, March 18, 2010

Peace, love, and happiness

  • the state prevailing during the absence of war
  • harmonious relations; freedom from disputes
  • the absence of mental stress or anxiety
  • the general security of public places
  • a treaty to cease hostilities
And this is what we fought long and hard for. Peace; the unity of everyone in every country, from every race, religion, and class. We wanted to be one. No dictionary definition can explain the true meaning of peace. The overall feeling of the sixties through a hippie's eyes was peace, love, and happiness. They were free spirits. However in the 60's, peace, love, and happiness did not prevail on everyone. Many people were killed or injured during protests that promoted peace. American soldiers had to open fire on Americans. It was a very turbulent time; however, through this era we learned how to live alternate lifestyles and how to go against the mainstream. The counterculture opened up our eyes and taught us that being normal isn't always the only way to live. Living a life of peace, love and happiness is accepted now because of the sixties era.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Music Music MUSIC


Here are some major artists that blossomed in the 1960's:
Jefferson Airplane
The Beach Boys
The Beatles
Roy Orbison
Buddy Holly
The Drifters
Jim Reeves
The Mamas & the Papas
The Monkees
The Rolling Stones
Simon and Garfunkel
The Supremes
Fleetwood Mac
Aretha Franklin
Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
The Grateful Dead
The Bee Gees
The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Pink Floyd
Moody Blues
David Bowie

Songs of that era reflect the times. In one of Bob Dylan's very famous songs, Blowing in the Wind,
he sings,
"How many roads must a man walk down, before you can call him a man?
Yes and how many seas must the white dove sail, before she can sleep in the sand?
How many times must the cannon balls fly, before they're forever banned?
The answer my friend, is blowing in the wind
The answer is blowing in the wind"

This reflects the feeling of anti-war and pro-peace. It's saying, do we really have to send a man through hell to call him a man? The dove represents peace, and he's singing how many wars must we go through until we can see peace.

Friday, March 12, 2010


Fiona: Interviewer
Rowena: Interviewee
Mark: Interviewee

F: What do you remember of the 1960's?

R: Well, I was a bit young to really experience the sixties. There was a malt shoppe on main street that all the hippies used to go to, and I would go there to hang out. The music from the sixties also definitely impacted my music choice. The style impacted me too.

M: I remember the disturbances the most. The sixties were a very turbulent time, and there were many uprisings, yes, many uprisings.

F: Do you remember the JFK assassination?

R: No, I was too young.

M: I was walking home from school and someone from the neighborhood came up to me and told me. It was a shock.

F: Tell me about the Vietnam War

R: I'll let Mark take this one.

M: Well, one day I was watching tv with my dad, Huntley-Brinkley was on and a Vietnam newsreel was on. It actually showed the footage of a North Vietnamese soldier getting his blown off. This scarred me, and I remember it vividly to this day. Later on, my name was 40th in the lottery draft. I registered, and was faced with very hard decisions. Flee to Canada, flee the country, go to war, or apply for moral conscience. I would not kill a human being, and I didn't want to flee the country, so I applied for moral conscience. Many people would apply just to get out of it, but I really couldn't stand the thought of killing someone. I brought home dead birds to bury in the backyard; I could not go to war and shoot someone, no matter how just the war. In the end, my form got approved and I had to serve the country with community service in place of the draft. I am very glad I made that decision. I can't imagine what my life would have been like if I had followed through with the war.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

1960's Fasion !

Jackie O's leading Fashion Trends
Twiggy's new standard for fashion
Prairie Dress worn by Hippies
"The Mini" and the Go-Go Boots

During the 1960's, fashion from the previous era quickly went out. New hairstyles, make up, and fashion trends were streaming in. Influences from Europe came too, creating the "mod" era for men's and women's fashion. The social movements of that time "mirrored" the fashion trends. Hippies grew their hair very long and the men grew beards. They wore tie dye, prairie dresses, and bell bottoms. Jacqueline Kennedy started many trends too, as the first lady of the United States. Her pillbox hats, fake eyelashes, and french manicure spread through the entire country. "Twiggy" a revolutionary model of that time, redefined the fashion industry. Models were now better thin, and tall. Psychedelic prints, mismatched colors, mini skirts and dresses, bikinis, and Go-Go boots were all new to this era. The 1960's fashion impacted the fashion world forever.


Sources Cited


"1960's articles." Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.

Baker, John. "60's Slang." copyright 1997-2005.

Rich, Candace. "60's fashion." Copyright 2007

Goodwin, Susan. "1960-1969" Copyright 1999.

Author Unknown. "1960's." Copyright 2009.

Human Sources:

Mark Wygent- Fiona's Stepdad
Rowena Macleod- Fiona's mother
Robert Lake- Fiona's History teacher


Real Woodstock Footage
Live Music Videos
Martin Luther King, Jr Speeches
1960's Slideshows
13 Days


McWhorter, Diane. A Dream of Freedom. Singapore, Copyright October 2004. Print.

Turner, Steve. A Hard Day's Write. United Kingdom. Copyright 1999. Print.

Betty Friedan

Betty Friedan was an activist, an author, and a woman right's advocate in America during the 1960's. She was a very important author and woman figure at the time. She wrote the book, "The Feminine Mystique" which tried to get women equal to men in the work place and society. Betty Friedan is the best reading we've gotten so far, and i found it captivating because without her, who knows where a woman's place in society would be today. However, I thought Friedan may have gotten the hopes of many women up, just to have them shot down in reality. All in all, Betty Friedan was an extremely prominent figure for woman during the 1960's and is widely famous for her novel, "The Feminine Mystique."

Monday, March 8, 2010


Martin Luther King was a very influential, strong, powerful african american leader. He wanted desegregation, and equality for all the people. In court, he won and schools were desegregated, however people didn't always follow the law. Racism was very high, and Martin Luther King helped to subdue it and bring all races together. MLK influenced the culture of the era by being anti-violent because it brought about new ways of peace, and was greatly accepted in that time period. He was thought of as America's "Gandhi." It made him seem like a good person, so people trusted him. It had a global effect, too. In Ghana they used protesting instead of violence. His father was a priest, and this greatly influenced his decisions because he had a spiritual guide. In this reading I found it interesting that there was someone before Rosa Parks that sparked the Civil Rights Movement. MLK also began to take on poverty, peace, and human survival. His original purpose expanded to touch the soul of everyone. King went to jail numerous times, for standing up for what he believed in. I prefer Martin Luther King's method to peace than Malcolm X's because Malcolm's used violence and King's used protests and boycotts. I found this reading much more engaging than all the others!