The History Of Woodstock

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During the turbulent era of the 1960s, youth excelled boundaries and expectations to adequately improve the world. Throughout this time, many individuals were trying to juggle the conflicts between racism, sexism, and the turning point in the Vietnam War, the Tet Offensive. This battle occurred in 1968, and was a watershed moment in the Vietnam War that ultimately turned many Americans against bloodshed. “The total casualties – dead, wounded, and missing in action – had grown from 2,500 in 1965 and would top 80,000 by the end of 1967” (Willbanks 6). Destruction from the poignant fighting convinced rising numbers of Americans that the expense of United States’ commitment was too immense. The Anti-War movement gained momentum as student protesters and countercultural hippies condemned this kind of violence. As a result, many American citizens attended a three-day concert, Woodstock, because they desperately needed a place to be rescued from the brutality and turmoil. A young member of “The Beatles,” John Lennon, created music that was essential for the success of antiwar uprisings, as well as Woodstock attendees who justify the purpose of attending. Woodstock abruptly became a compelling icon; a turn of events where even all of the world’s calamities could not conquer the notions of peace, harmony, and cultural expression driven by young Americans to assert their voices as a generation, by genuine music and proclaims made by Woodstock celebrators.
Initially, Woodstock was simply going to be a concert for people to attend and enjoy, free of repression and the outside war zones. Unexpectedly, an estimated 500,000 people were at the gates waiting two days before the concert even started (Evans 65). Woodstock was not anticipa...

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...ted that the world did have the potential for different cultures to come together peacefully and celebrate diversity. Woodstock turned into an overpowering symbol displaying the capability for individuals to overthrow the world’s tragedies to live with peace, tranquility, and differences enforced by American youth.

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Corry, John. "TV: 13-Part History of Vietnam War on PBS." New York Times (1923-Current file): 1. Oct 04 1983. ProQuest. Web. 21 July 2014.
Evans, Mike, and Paul Kingsbury. Woodstock: Three Days That Rocked the World. New York: Sterling, 2009. Print.
Lennon, John, John Lennon, and Yōko Ono. Give Peace a Chance. John Lennon. Rec. 30 May 1969. Dave Edmunds, 1969. Audio.
"Revolutionary Music." PBS. Ed. PBS Organization. PBS, 2005. Web. 24 July 2014.
Willbanks, James H. The Tet Offensive: A Concise History. New York: Columbia UP, 2006. Print.

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  • Analyzes how youth excelled boundaries and expectations to adequately improve the world during the turbulent era of the 1960s.
  • Explains that woodstock was a concert for people to attend and enjoy, free of repression and the outside war zones. the majority of the people attending, were present to protest the gruesome effects caused by war.
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