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The American Counterculture$
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Christopher Gair

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780748619887

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748619887.001.0001

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(p.119) Introduction
The American Counterculture

Christopher Gair

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter provides a selective overview of the place of the counterculture in the ‘long 1960s’ – the period from the Woolworth’s lunch-counter sit-ins in Greensboro, NC, through the election of John F Kennedy to the Nixon Presidency and the end of the Vietnam War. It introduces key figues and events, such as San Francisco’s ‘Summer of Love’, the role of the Beatles in America, Charles Manson, Woodstock and the 1968 Chicago Democratic Convention that will be explored in more detail later in the book.

Keywords:   Civil Rights, Summer of Love, Woodstock, Cuban Missile Crisis, Bob Dylan, Diggers

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