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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The mindset of the grandparents of the children of this current generation. They raised out parents. Set the idea the peace and everyone getting along is how things should be. Although things are not that way these days children have been raised with the idea that the best way to live is when everyone gets along. Woodstock was the place that everyone got along it was the place that the kids of the generation dreamed of. Woodstock will forever be remembered and fantasized about by people that were never able to go. It gave an entire generation and generations to come the idea that the best way to live is at ultimate peace with everything and everyone. That when everyone is getting along and happy the world is
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