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Terrorism and the Fight for Freedom

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The Fight for Freedom

Most of the time, when thinking back to the sixties, people remember

hearing about things such as sex, drugs, and racism. However, what they

often tend to overlook is the large emphasis "freedoms" had on the era.

This does not just refer to the freedoms already possessed by every

American of the time. This focuses on the youth's fight to gain freedom or

break away from the values and ideas left behind by the older generation.

While some authors when writing about the sixties give serious accounts of

the youths' fights to obtain these freedoms, others tend to take a

different and more dramatic approach to showing the struggles involved in

these fights. Yet, all of the authors have the same basic values and

messages in mind. They all, more or less, aim to show the many freedoms

which their generation was fighting for. These fights were used to help

push for freedoms from areas such as society's rules and values,

competition, living for others first, and the older generation's beliefs as

a whole including the freedom to use drugs. The younger generation just

wanted a chance to express their own views rather than having to constantly

succumb to the values and rules left behind by the older generation.

The two different approaches used by authors to express these views

are often representative of the two main systems used by youths to help

gain their freedoms. The first approach, taken by the Port Huron Statement

and authors such as Gerzon, Reich, Revel and Gitlin, follows the ideals of

the New Left. The New Left represents youths striving for political change

through cultural means. People are encouraged to work for their ideal...

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may not be fully there, but many of the beliefs and values behind the

struggle to acquire those freedoms are still there.

WORKS CITED

"The Port Huron Statement." The New Left: A Documentary

History. Ed. Massimo Teodori. New York: The Bobbs-

Merrill Co, 1969.

Reich, Charles A. "The New Generation." American Values in

Transition. Ed. Robert C. Bannister. New York:

Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc., 1972.

Rubin Jerry. "Our Leaders Are Seven- Year Olds." American

Values in Transition. Ed. Robert C. Bannister. New

York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc., 1972.

Rubin, Jerry. "We Are All Human Be-ins." American Values in

Transition. Ed. Robert C. Bannister. New York: Harcourt

Brace Jovanovich, Inc., 1972.
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