The Hippies

A 1960s History


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About the Book

Among the most significant subcultures in modern U.S. history, the hippies had a far-reaching impact. Their influence essentially defined the 1960s—hippie antifashion, divergent music, dropout politics and “make love not war” philosophy extended to virtually every corner of the world and remains influential.
The political and cultural institutions that the hippies challenged, or abandoned, mainly prevailed. Yet the nonviolent, egalitarian hippie principles led an era of civic protest that brought an end to the Vietnam War.
Their enduring impact was the creation of a 1960s frame of reference among millions of baby boomers, whose attitudes and aspirations continue to reflect the hip ethos of their youth.

About the Author(s)

John Anthony Moretta specializes in 19th and 20th century U.S. history and has published several monographs, textbooks and referenced journal articles. A history professor with Houston Community College for 35 years, he has also taught upper level U.S. history courses for the University of Houston since 1986.

Bibliographic Details

John Anthony Moretta
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 428
Bibliographic Info: 32 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2017
pISBN: 978-0-7864-9949-6
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2739-7
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v
Introduction: The World of the Hippies 1
1. The Beats, the Culture of Consensus and Suburban America 7
2. The ­Haight-Ashbury and the Emergence of the Hippies 32
3. Hippies and the Emergence of the Drug Culture 57
4. The Hippies and Rock and Roll 82
5. The October 1966 Love Pageant Rally 114
6. The 1967 Human ­Be-In 117
7. Hippies Elsewhere 139
8. The Summer of Love 167
9. The Monterey Pop Festival, June 1967: The Summer of Love’s Defining Event 197
10. Communes and the Counterculture 211
11. The Emergence of the Yippies and the 1968 Chicago Democratic Convention: The Beginning of the End for the 1960s Counterculture 258
12. Woodstock, August 1969: A Brief Ray of Hope for the Hip Counterculture’s Survival 285
13. The Manson Murders and the December 1969 Altamont Calamity: The Roads to Hippie Perdition 303
14. The Counterrevolution to the Counterculture: The Middle Class Backlash to a Decade of Excess 335
Epilogue and Legacy 351
Chapter Notes 367
Bibliography (Including Articles by Chapter) 401
Index 417

Book Reviews & Awards

“this balanced consideration of the hippies succeeds in incorporating positive and negative assessments of this slice of the counterculture of the 1960s…fine study. Highly recommended”—Choice; “in this exemplary treatise on the vast reaches and deep roots of a defining movement, Moretta offers a probing and potent work of cultural anthropology that captures the essence of the youthful energy that changed a nation and influenced the world”—Booklist; “impressively informative and thoroughly ‘reader friendly’ in organization and presentation…very highly recommended”—Midwest Book Review.