The 1960s counterculture had the most lasting impact on what? // A) the American political process // B) attitudes toward lifestyles and social behavior, art, and music // C) the beatniks...

The 1960s counterculture had the most lasting impact on what?





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mkoren eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The 1960s counterculture movement had the most lasting impact on the attitudes toward lifestyle and social behavior, art, and music. The 1960s saw many changes in our society, and these changes were significant.

As a result of the counterculture, new forms of art and music developed. Rock became very popular and artists such as Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, and Jimi Hendrix became famous. The Beatles were also a popular music group. Pop art developed during this time, and Andy Warhol became famous.

Different lifestyles became evident as a result of the counterculture. People began to protest against issues that they perceived as unfair. People were worried about nuclear weapons, the Vietnam War, and the perceived dishonesty of the government. People were no longer content to accept events that they believed were wrong. They began to protest about them. People wore flashier clothing and were less willing to conform to the norms of society. The concept of individuality was stressed. People wore their hair longer. Drug use also increased.

These changes in social behavior, lifestyle, art, and music were major changes. In some ways, the counterculture made long lasting changes in our culture and in our society.

Therefore, I would say answer B is correct.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This is not a question that can really have an obectively correct answer.  I would suggest that you look for what your textbook says is the correct answer.  The impacts of the counterculture can certainly be debated and at least two of these answers could be seen as correct.

I would argue that the best answer is B.  I would argue that the counterculture had a greater impact on American society than on the political process.  I would argue that the counterculture helped make Americans rethink things like the role of women and minorities in society.  It helped bring about the "sexual revolution" that has impacted US culture.  These changes, I would argue, are greater than its impact on the political system.