Notes on the film "Make Love not War"

Essay by sparanzahCollege, UndergraduateF, April 2005

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The part of the video we watched, "Make Love Not War," gave the feel of American society in the 1960's. After the Second World War, the American economy was booming. There was massive building up of infrastructure for "the Great Society." Segregation was in practice, and the blacks were economically repressed. This was the time of Lyndon B. Johnson, and Kennedy, the Vietnam War; the time of the Beatles, and Hippies, and the birth of the rebel.

I think the victory of Johnson in the 1936 elections was inevitable. He propagated the abolishment of poverty, as well as the elimination of segregation, while his opponent, Goldwater called for action against Communism and held the view in favor of segregation.

Segregation was still practiced. Television, however, helped counter popular opinion against segregation, when armed white people were shown beating the peacefully singing black people. There were people like Hoover who declared that figures, such as Martin Luther King were Communists.

In my opinion this was fanatical. This view, however, did counter the people who were against segregation against speaking up, for the fear of Communism.

The 1960's were a time of rebellion. There was a new group of people formed, the Hippies, who were anti-war, in particular, the Vietnam War. The Hippies defied social norms, and convention. I think that the Hippie movement started, because of the realization of the American youth of their rights, which the previous generations had ignored. It flourished because the United States is a conservative country, and Americans were socially repressed by the traditions and norms of society. This repression was finally resisted against by the Hippies, who started defying everything that represented the norm. Gone were those days when people blindly trusted their government, and asked "not what the country could do for...