The war in Vietnam to do this day has gone down as one of the influential and controversial wars in United States history. The war lasted from 1955 to 1975.The nation as a whole began to uproar over the war and the major consequences of the war. There were many reasons why so many Americans were against the war. Public opinion steadily turned against the war following 1967 and by 1970 only a third of Americans believed that the U.S. had not made a mistake by sending troops to fight in Vietnam (Wikipedia). Not to mention, many young people protested because they were the ones being drafted while others were against the war because the anti-war movement grew increasingly popular among the counterculture and drug culture in American society and
Pop Culture during the 1960s A new social and political wave came over the United States in the early 1960s. There had been many changes since World War II in domestic life, economic standing, and politics. 1960s America was much more economically stable and felt responsibility for global affairs.
“Politics can be strengthened by music, but music also has a potency that defies politics.” This quote by Nelson Mandela summarizes the relationship between music and politics, and how important and unique their connection is. “This relationship is important because music has the power to enforce and the power to challenge politics”. Music has this power because it contains the potential to influence individuals, which can result in political movements, and even cause cultural change. The influence of music genre, Rock ‘n’ Roll, has heavily impacted the culture and society of America in several different ways.
During 1954 to 1968, African Americans and whites alike were fighting for the rights of African Americans during the Civil Rights Movement. Throughout America, protesters used different tactics to earn their freedom. Some used violence, while others chose a non-violent path. Non-violence overall was more effective than violence during the Civil Rights Movement. Furthermore, bus boycotts are an efficient strategy that was used in the 1950s to 60s.
Fashion became an important part of the 1950’s with the culture changes and social changes. After World War 2 was over there was a bigger break of fabrics, giving them a new look of fashion. By this happening in the 50’s clothing became a way to express society 's individual identity in the decade. Russia’s climate affected women’s fashion in the 50’s majorly.
On March 25th, 1969, John Ono Lennon and Yoko Ono spent a week in bed to advocate for peace, later recording the controversial song, “Give Peace a Chance” and impacted millions around the world. This infamous event named “Bed-In for Peace” rose the debate: Does music influence society and politics? Throughout history, music has dabbled in public affairs. Pulsating rhythms, meaningful lyrics, and colorful tones have been a soundtrack for movements of change. Songs of any genre can affect the masses by raising awareness about a certain topic, be a source of inspiration and comfort, and can unite us together.
1960s Fashion Fashion in the 1960s became an extreme style of attitude from the beginning of the decade to the very end. During this time, fashion turned from boring couture into cheap and flamboyant street wear. Different types of fabrics started to make its way into the wardrobes of many. The youth culture of the 60s had an immense influence in the fashion world and they did not stop once they were on top. The Vietnam War also lead to the so called 'Hippie ' style of the decade.
The Vietnam War was the first war to be televised in the history of American wars. The coverage in the media was depicted differently than usual. This was due to the fact that the violent actions in Vietnam and America was happening unnoticed by the rest of the world, therefore television, which was becoming the most popular form of a source for news, was the only outlet to show the rest of the world what was occurring in these countries. Television was also used as a form of propaganda to influence the audience on the reporter’s point of view. This was done using visual elements, which allowed the audience the feel as they were part of the war and to sympathise with the citizens that were dying or were being brutally hurt.
I. Punk music, it has a reputation for being chaotic and rebellious. But how did punk music start? In the 60s, rock music was “feel-good”, which young adults did not enjoy. These young adults wanted to take a stand against the status quo, and be themselves. They wanted to go against the mainstream music scene and all that it stood for.