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APUSH- Special Extra Credit edition !!! April 23, 2007

Posted by Mr. Klopfenstein in advanced placement, extra credit, history, United States history.
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Watch Summer of Love on The American Experience, airing at 8:00 p.m. tonight, Monday, April 23 on PBS (Channel 11 on Time-Warner Cable). Respond to the following:

A dream fulfilled, or forgotten?
In a famous story by Washington Irving, a man named Rip Van Winkle falls asleep for 20 years and awakes to a very different world. Imagine that one of the participants in the Summer of Love fell asleep that summer and didn’t awake until 2007; what would he or she think of life in the United States today? Have the hopes and ideals of that summer been fulfilled, or is it as though the Summer of Love never happened? Write a short essay this “Rip Van Hippie” might have written for a local newspaper describing what has, and what has not, changed since 1967.

  • You may respond as a comment to this blog entry (comments will not appear until Friday) or in writing.
  • All responses must be received by 3:00 p.m. Friday, April 27.

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1. Hannah Rodlund - April 25, 2007

A lot has changed since I fell asleep 40 years ago. The Summer of Love is over, but it seems that its influence still remains today, at least in some aspects of life. During the Summer of Love, I experienced the greatest sense of community, individuality, and freedom I think could ever be possible. That summer was a revolution for the entire country, even though it remained within the San Francisco area. I’m actually surprised at what has been accomplished, but I must admit, I’m also slightly disappointed in the character of people today.
The Summer of Love was all about being young, wild, and free. Before then, the youth of America were overlooked and underestimated. We made a stand in 1967, and although it never really resonated the way we had hoped or planned, the teens of America definitely have much more power today. I can see it everywhere. Youth have developed their own little world separate from that of adults. Religion specializes in targeting youth, along with all different forms of advertising and trend-setting. True, drug use is extremely looked down upon, but somehow that even still seems to be a “thing” with youth.
In addition, the culture is an amazing blend of all different styles. For example, music: rock, hip hop, pop, country, classical, soft rock, and jazz to name a few. The Summer of Love opened this opportunity to become an individual. It introduced new music, literature, and styles to an otherwise conservative American lifestyle. There’s so much choice and freedom to be what you want, which I can obviously see developed from that summer. There’s no way anything any more subtle could have made a drastic change to culture as there has been.
I’m also proud of the ideals that have been molded into society. It seems like universal love, although trying and tough to accomplish, is on people’s minds more than it may have been if the Summer of Love movement had never developed. If no one had seen the hippies in their communal environment living as wonderfully as they did, the longing for love, peace, and happiness would have been far less developed than it seems to be. Even though the summer didn’t spread throughout the United States, its message was strong enough in itself to get society thinking.
However, it seems as if everyone has gone back to their materialistic, money-driven lifestyles. The American Dream is to be wealthy and happy. During the Summer of Love, we proved to people that you didn’t need money to be happy. We had “free stores”, free food, free clothes, free shelter, and lots and lots of happiness! Now, if you don’t have a big house, a fancy car, and a classy lifestyle, then you’re not good enough. Of course, its tough for people to just drop everything, but why is it that you care so much about what you have rather than the way you’re living your life?
We may have been on LSD, but hippies knew what living was. Now, the people go through their lives, spending so much time in school learning worthless things when they could be making their own experiences and livings and learning about the world all on their own.
Overall, I can see results from the Summer of Love. Culture has been transformed because of it. Youth are not overlooked, but rather have become a voice in society. People may not live freely of money, but I guess I can let that pass since so much else has lived on. The Summer of Love, even in its ending failure, was truly a success in the United States.

2. Molly Hartz - April 27, 2007

The Changes and Remains of 1967

For those who experienced the Summer of Love, its beliefs and freedoms can still be seen in society today, 2007; however, they’re on a less radical and less of a wide-spread scale. As Sandi Stein says in Summer of Love, peace, love, and freedom all resulted from the practices of the Summer of Love, and those values are still believed in today. Perhaps less with action, but at least with thought.
Also, in 1967, hippies aimed to leave behind the prudish fifties and move into a more open, exuberant, and sensual society. As can be seen today, society has become more open and accepting of these ideas. Other remnants of the 60s can also be seen in music, medicine, and some art forms.
However, not all of the ideas remain as strong today, and some have not been completely fulfilled. People are living a more natural lifestyle, but not as dramatically as those in the Summer of Love. Nudity is not so openly flaunted and neither is love. The sense of brotherhood has also diminished. People are less charitable and trusting of others. Hitchhiking and living with complete strangers is much more rare.
Despite these declines and lack of complete fulfillment, it is clear that the Summer of Love happened. Society has changed greatly from that summer of 1967, but the beliefs of that summer remain underneath all of the advancements which have taken place and are taking place. While the 60s were a time of love, peace, and freedom, perhaps that abundance of such activities and beliefs, and emotions could only be temporary. Perhaps 2007 is a balance between the ideas before and of the 60s.

3. Jenna Dennis - April 27, 2007

If a hippie from the Sumer of Love fell asleep, as did Rip Van Winkle, they would find when they woke up there has been little change since 1967. They would realize that even though the issues are different from those back in 1967, they are still not resolved in the non-violent way in which they would have liked them to be resolved. Some of the hopes and ideals have been fulfilled in that, even though there is still some racial discrimination everyone is given a particularly equal chance, but only in a professional controled setting, not in a social one. Individuals still tend to stick with their race and with people who have the same cultural ideals.

Newspaper Article
I woke up today, April 26th, 2007, to find that nothing has changed. All the people are generally the same: non conformists who stick with their clan. What happened to everyone being free from societal contraint? I walked around the corner and looked at a newspaper, and the headline read, “IRAQI CAR BOMBING: 11 US SOLIDERS KILLED”. What is with this? Has the government not learned? Why go to war when you can easily talk it out rather than killing hundreds of US soliders, like they did in Nam? At that same newspaper stand though, I was very suprised at all the different nationalities that came to the stand, and no one had a problem with anyone. At least there is acceptance. Why should it matter what color a person is on the outside, when the ideas and feelings of an individual is what really matters the most? That is one good thing that I have been a witness to since I woke up.

4. Kris Chau - April 27, 2007

The Summer of Love, Today:
Today, it is the year 2007. Many things have changed since 1967, the clothes, the people, the food, the music, but the same hopes and ideals exist. On one hand, drugs and a need for peace is still in existence. Yet things have still generally stayed the same. The Summer of Love was a big deal back then, since then people have learned to accept concepts that are radical and different. The term hippie is always used, and the lifestyles are preserved in the culture of today.

5. Annette Ahlmann - April 27, 2007

There have been many changes during these past 40 years. It seems drugs have remained prevalent, but the negative effects of LSD has been discovered, so people aren’t as open about drug use as they once were. The senses of peace and love have been mostly lost, but have been replaced with hostility and bitterness. People seem much more cynical and skeptical about the world. Also, people seem more dedicated, focused, and less promiscuous. Fewer students are dropping out of college, and they have goals for their life and future instead of just pursuing love and happiness. Promiscuity has of course not disappeared completely, but most people believe in monogamy instead of free love, and plan on marrying or have already been married at one point in their lives because they ahve realized the consequences of free love, such as the spread of AIDS. America has also lost its sense of brotherhood. It used to be that you would be welcomed into a house, but nowadys it seems more like they would call the cops instead. Overall, it seems America has become more aware and because of that, more hostile toward the search for peace and love, because they seem to think it is an impossible goal to reach with the amount of hatred and war there is today.


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