The Youth Movement, Counterculture, and Anti-War Protests

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Do you think that the counterculture had more positive or negative effects on American culture and society?

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The Counterculture challenged the conformity which had marked the 1950's and for that reason was considered abominable by the mainstream populace. When one considers its long term consequences, however, it probably did produce both good and bad effects.

The good effects were that people no longer accepted the status quo. Women gained new rights and were accepted as equals; conformity was no longer considered the norm, in fact free thinking and challenging accepted standards became popular. Although it seemed unthinkable at the time, it required many Americans to re-examine their own standards. The Counterculture also forced people to re-examine the role of the United States...

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