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In August of 1969 in the small town of Woodstock, NY more than half a million people gathered for four days of rain, drugs, and rock 'n' roll. The event was a promotion of music and peace, since during this time our country was fighting in the Vietnam War. The US was going through hardships and needed a revolution. The song "Revolution" by the Beatles strongly showed the state of our country and it made people think that a change was necessary. America's youth were the main part takers at Woodstock proving a revelation and shocking lesson. The most significant parts of the event were the hippies, the concert itself, and the social implications of the US.

The hippies' goals were to accomplish peace, love, and freedom within society. Most hippies believe that the way to peace is through love and tolerance. This peruses an attitude that allows for maximum personal growth.

The word hippie derives from hipster, and was initially used to describe people who created their own communities, listened to psychedelic rock, embraced the sexual revolution, and used drugs such as cannabis and LSD to explore alternative states of consciousness (Woodstock Festival). During the concert only three people died and only one was due to a drug overdose. Hippies' were characterized by the slogan "make love, not war". Woodstock was not a demonstration, there were no posters or rallies; it all came out through the music (Laure). The hippies or Flower Children symbolized a movement of peace, in the face of nations using war to solve problems. In particular the hippies stood against the hopeless and seemingly senseless war in Vietnam. The hippie movement became known for giving flowers to policemen and placing flowers in the ends of guns and revolvers, as a...