Hippie Culture

By: Raquel Gottfried


California consists of thousands of different culture; the hippie culture is one that has made a large impact on this golden state since the 1960’s. The Beat Generation was a literary movement of the 1950s into the violent film images that began to challenge norms of society. Beatniks who moved to Haight-Ashbury district in the 1960s were called hippies. There were many movements that encouraged people to join this culture of life. Psychedelic music, sexual revolution, and drugs are typically what hippie festivals would consist of. The hippie culture has had an influence on California’s music, television, politics, fashion, hairstyles, arts, and religion. Hippies are also concerned about the natural conservation of California and started the awareness of the importance of this issue. Through the hippie culture environmental pollution concerns, recycling, global warming, earth day, and the green movement were originated. The hippie culture has had a profound impact on California and has helped shape society.


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Beatniks, New York writers who then moved to San Francisco.




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Human Be-In poster, 1967
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Human Be-In photos. Poster, 1967. Photo of gathering, 1967. Focused on personal empowerment, culture and political decentralization, communal living, ecological awareness, higher consciousness, and radical liberal political consciousness. Psychedelic music, sexual revolution, and drugs were popular aspects of hippie gatherings.

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Free expression of self was a big part of hippie culture. The "free love" movement preached the power of love and the beauty of sex as a natural part of ordinary life.

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Hippies have had major influences on society, both during the hippie movement as well as today.

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Hippies originated the organic food, recycling, and Earth Day phenomenons.


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