Haight-Ashbury to the Sunset Strip

California's Counterculture of the 1960s

Don’t tell me this town ain’t got no heart. You just gotta poke around.

Welcome to Shakedown Street!  You are about to embark on a”trip” through the history of the counterculture in California during the 1960s.  As the 1950s came to an end, a new generation of young adults started to rise into power, not just in politics, but also in socioeconomic and cultural aspects of  American life as well.  War protest movements were sparked in reaction to the war in Vietnam, racial inequality was now being challenged by the civil rights movement, and a sub-culture had been formed to face the conservative and materialistic American society the 1950s had created.  These new reactions to American society and culture is more formally known as ” the counterculture.” Although this was a nation wide phenomenon, the counterculture’s major hub was in California. The music, the night-life, the collective mentality, drugs, and other aspects of counterculture life were now capturing the hearts young Americans as hundreds of thousands of them began pilgrimages to this “Mecca.”  This website will present you with an overall mapping of the important people, places, and things of California’s counterculture during the 1960s, from San Francisco to Los Angeles

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