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.
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