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... ... middle of paper ... ... The freedoms 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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