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The Vietnam War

Counter culture: The culture and lifestyle of those people, especially among the young, who reject or oppose the dominant values and behavior of society.

Top 5 Events of the 1960's

1960's Culture & Counterculture

By: Lauren Churley & Therese Jensen

August 12, 1961: Berlin Wall is built

August 28, 1963: March on Washington

July 2, 1964: Civil Rights Act is passed in the United States

November 2, 1963:JFK Assasination

April 4, 1968: MLK Jr. Assasination

The Vietnam War was part of the Cold War. It was an indirect contact between the Soviet Union and the U.S. that lasted from 1959-1975 that was fought between the Communist North Korea and the Democratic South Korea. It began when Ho Chi Minh (Communist Leader) wanted to make the whole country communist and launched a guerilla campaign in the South. The U.S. provided South Vietnam with military support to stop communism from spreading and to help the ARVN. A U.S. warship was then attacked by North Vietnam in 1964, and in 1965, the U.S. began bombing and sending troops in. The U.S. won many victories, and in response, North Vietnam focused on taking the U.S. in small units. Viet Chong and the North Vietnamese called these attacks the Tet Offensive. Most of these small battles took place in South Vietnam. Due to the Tet Offensive, President Johnson decided not to run for reelection and was replaced by Nixon, whose plan to end the war was to withdraw the U.S. troops and build up the ARVN. The ARVN was unsuccessful and in January of 1974, a peace treaty was signed ending the conflict. This wasn't good enough for North Vietnam, though, because in late 1974, they began conflict again and easily passed through the ARVN forces. They captured the sagion on April 30, 1975, causing the south to surrender and unite the country under communism.

The peace sign was a major symbol of the 1960s counterculture.



1960… to …1969avg house $16,500 to $27,900postage stamp 4¢ to 6¢gallon of gas 31¢ to 35¢dozen eggs 57¢ to 62¢gallon of milk 49¢ to $1.10

"If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there would be peace" -John Lennon

Prices of things such as houses, eggs, milk, and gas went up in the 1960s

The Beatles was a very popular band during this time.

The color TV was a great invention of the 1960s. It became a very popular invention, and by the end of the '60s, nearly 95% of people owned one.

With the invention of the colored TV, the movie industry begins to boom.

Young people of the 1960's were very rebellious. They went against the normal values of society and started the Flower Power movement.

Peace, love, harmony, music, and mysticism became part of the counterculture lifestyle.

Many young people wanted to put an end to the Vietnam War.

While they wanted the Vietnam War to end, they also fought for social problems including women's rights, race relations, and sexual mores.

To expand one's conciousness, people turned to meditation, physchedelic drugs, and yoga.

Video: Richard Nixon Addresses "Silent Majority"


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