Talkin’ About the 60s Generation

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When people think of the 1960s, the one word that’s bound to come out of their mouths is “marijuana”. However, this is not the only thing the 60s had to offer us. The generation of the 1960s was a big leap forward in free speech and thought, technology, literature, music, and language. Two popular literary figures of the 1960s were Harper Lee and Gwendolyn Brooks. Harper Lee wrote the book To Kill a Mockingbird which was about racial inequality in Alabama in the 1930s. (“Harper”) The book helped to open the eyes of the white population in America to the problems African-Americans faced in their everyday lives. "Mockingbirds don't do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don't eat up people's gardens, don't nest in corncribs, they don't do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That's why it's a sin to kill a mockingbird." (Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird) The mockingbird symbolizes innocence and that killing one is to kill your innocence so it’s not right to hate African-Americans when they didn’t do anything wrong. (“Spark Notes”) Another influential literary figure of the 1960s is the poet laureate Gwendolyn Brooks whose writing career took off in 1962 when she was invited by John F. Kennedy to read at a poetry festival. (“Riot”) From her poem Riot, Brooks says, ‘Don’t let It touch me! the blackness! Lord!’ he whispered to any handy angel in the sky.” (Lad, Famous African American Poets) This excerpt from the poem describes the white viewpoint towards African Americans since the whites didn’t want the blacks to change anything. They thought that black people were inferior; therefore, they didn’t want anything to do with them. Two of the most important technological advancements of the 1960s were Kevlar and the impla... ... middle of paper ... ...2011. . Foster, Bethney. "History of Hippie Movement |" EHow | How to Videos, Articles & More - Trusted Advice for the Curious Life | 2011. Web. 14 Apr. 2011. . Goodwin, Susan and Becky Bradley . "1960-1969." American Cultural History. Lone Star College-Kingwood Library, 1999. Web. 7 Feb. 2011. Lad, Kashmira. "Famous African American Poets." Buzzle Web Portal: Intelligent Life on the Web. 2011. Web. 05 Apr. 2011. . Ray, James Earl. "1960s History including Popular Culture, Events, Cost of Living, Technology and Inventions." Where People, History and Memories Join Together from The People History Site. 2004. Web. 06 Apr. 2011. .

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