Beatnik and Bohemian roots for the late 1960s and early 1970s anti-Vietnam war protests

by James K. Sayre

The Beatnik and Bohemian roots of 1960s protest, activism and social change: There has always been a continuous thread of alternative culture in America. From the solitary writings, living and protests of Ralph Waldo Emerson in the mid-19th century to the Dada art movements in the 1920s and the social and political protests during the Great Depression of the 1930s, a small community of alternative culture has always existed. This evolved into the Bohemian movements and then the Beatniks of the 1950s. These activities typically flourished in some of the larger cities and around large universities, mostly on the east and west coasts of United States. : Background sketch



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