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The 1960s, pronounced "the Sixties", was the decade that started on January 1, 1960 and ended on December 31, 1969. It was the seventh decade of the 20th century.

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1 Pelirojo, I can agree with your comment on the "decline of civility". What I have a problem with is the insistence by others that America itself is in some sort of decline which started in that era. That view is based on a very limited historical perspective. Your reference to the Civil War era demonstrates you have a wider view of things than those who measure the nation's dynamics primarily from the moment of their own birth. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 14, 2011, 9:48 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
2 Interesting point, Robert. Drunken flappers and frat boys in coonskin coats DID kick up a bit of dust to Jazz, though. BTW, flappers got their name due to carrying around illegal gin flasks in their loose, FLAPPING galoshes! Still, I can't help but think that the 1960's was somewhat the beginning of the decline of civility but maybe I'll save that for anothe time. -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on May 14, 2011, 3:37 pm - (2 votes) - Login to Vote
3 The 60s wasn't the only time America was in the crapper. In the 20s, America was dominated by bloodthirsty mobsters, like Al Capone. The government and law did nothing about it, because they were either too scared to fight back or because they had been bribed to look the other way. It was a more dangerous time than when stoned hippies rolled around in the mud to music. -- Submitted By: (Robert) on May 13, 2011, 12:19 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
4 I don't believe America was ever innocent in the first place. (That's not a criticism, by the way.) -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 13, 2011, 2:27 am - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
5 When did America lose her innocence? Tough call. I think America lost her innocence more than once, piece by piece: In addition to the Civil war as mentioned by Pelirojo: The unprovoked attack by Germany which led us to WWI, the attack on Pearl Harbor, 9/11, etc. I think America loses part of her innocence when she she is attacked and her children killed. -- Submitted By: (Robert) on May 11, 2011, 10:35 am - (2 votes) - Login to Vote
6 Pelirojo, great minds must think alike because I almost wrote that in my earlier post. (I'm a bigtime Civil War nut, and I often use that period as a reference point to remind folks who whine and complain over some modern American irritant about how much worse things could be. It usually doesn't stop their bitching, but oh well.) Not to mention that for black Americans, our country was never a very innocent place to begin with. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 8, 2011, 6:34 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
7 Soggy, I agree that that 'lost its innocence' would be a rather foolish claim re the 1960's. If ANY decade could be used re that claim, it would be the EIGHTEEN-60's. An all out war of [often literally] brother vs. brother on our country's own soil killing, wounding,maiming and ruining countless soldiers and civilians not even 90 years after Independence Declared unquestionably stripped away any innocence! -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on May 8, 2011, 3:27 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
8 I'm glad no one here has written about how America "lost its innocence" in the Sixties or some other rusty cliche. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 7, 2011, 4:35 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
9 Pop culturally, the 1960s rocked. Great music. Great TV. And great movies too. Historically though, it was indeed turbulent. -- Submitted By: (JayD) on July 17, 2010, 11:49 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
10 More good and bad things happened in this decade than probably any other decade in modern history: Good: Civil Rights movement, man walked on the moon, Beatlemania, color TV Bad: Death of JFK, Vietnam war, free love movement, drugs become part of the mainstream culture, liberalism grows significantly Overall, good and bad, the effects of the 60s are still very prevalent in our culture today. -- Submitted By: (kingbk) on May 9, 2010, 5:58 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
11 Without every social change that happened in the 1960's I don't know where the world would be. A decade doesn't have to be pretty to be great, and to be honest I sometimes envy those who lived in this decade. Gen Y members like me have problems facing us now but we had it too easy for too long and from what I have seen with today's terrorism fears and sustainability challenges, I fear society has become too much about blaming the other person. How can we ever expect to have anything accomplished when we find it easier to work against our rivals? -- Submitted By: (jconifer7) on May 9, 2010, 3:22 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
12 Gotta love the 60s. The decade where everybody decided to rotest the Vietnam War by...ingesting tons of illegal drugs (literally) and screwing everyone they saw (standards were a lot lower back then I hear). Yeah, that'll show those evil politicians! And now, thanks to the baby Boomers back in the day and what they started, I can't go 5 minutes without hearing about murder, robbery, rape, DUIs, spousal abuse/cheating, etc. The ongoing decline of American society can be traced directly back to this time. Thanks a lot Baby Boomers! -- Submitted By: (DolFan316) on March 1, 2010, 7:49 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
13 I agree with Pelirojo: there was indeed rebellion and drugs before the 1960's. Not that I was old enough to be aware,really, since I was only a wee toddler in the late 60's....just going by what I've heard and read. I just remember watching the Monkees, my parents listening to folk music alot and everything (clothes, home decor, etc.) being brightly colored. However, from everything I've read and heard, the drugs and rebellion were around...just not as "out there." Remember how alot of people thought Elvis was too salacious and how that "evil" rock and roll music was a "bad sign of teenage rebellion"? Marijuana was prevalent as well, esp. among the Beatniks. This was all mid-late 1950's. -- Submitted By: (Stephanie) on February 24, 2010, 11:29 am - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
14 IMHO - the excesses and moral relativism of the 60s were inevitable. The first wave of the Baby Boomers turned 18 in 1964-66. This age group has always been rebellious, but this was the first time that such a large number reached that age at once. This wave has been driving pop culture pretty much since then. -- Submitted By: (BrewMaster) on February 24, 2010, 11:23 am - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
15 PYLrulz, The 1960's weren't the first period of widespread rebellion- and drugs had been around for ages beforehand in relative obscurity without exploding onto virtually every facet of society prior to that. Although, it's also interesting to wonder what that decade may have been like without the Vietnam War, I still think that drugs played a major role in that decade's outcome which has had repercussions still felt to this day. -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on February 24, 2010, 7:26 am - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
16 No because it would of happened sooner or later. Maybe not have Vietnam happen, and a few other things as well, and that could be a more legit question, but with all of the rebellion and such going on later on in the decade, that kind of thing was going to happen. -- Submitted By: (PYLrulz) on February 23, 2010, 3:25 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
17 Does anyone else wonder what else the 60's would have achieved and how different today's society would be if drug usage had not become acceptable and popularized during this time? -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on February 23, 2010, 1:32 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
18 The real 1960s began on the afternoon of November 22, 1963. It came to seem that Kennedy's murder opened some malign trap door in American culture, and the wild bats flapped out. - Lance Morrow -- Submitted By: (BrewMaster) on February 22, 2010, 9:15 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote

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