The "Swinging Sixties" was a time when music, style, and a hope for peace and freedom came together as a protest against authority and war.The new music with thoughtful lyrics provided youth with an escape from the everyday pressures of being a teenager.Technological advances allowed teenagers to listen to music on loud, clear stereo systems.New television shows and movies kept everyone entertained.Thefirst man walked on the moon, and blacks obtained equal rights.Hippies experimented with drugs and rebelled against Middle American society.As a result, America was changed forever.
Elvis Presley was responsible for making rock'n' roll the music of the sixties.He was one of thefirst stars of rock'n' roll and influenced numerous performers.Elvis, otherwise know as the king, was born in Tupelo Mississippi.At the age of thirteen, he moved to Memphis, Tennessee.His fame soon started with "Heartbreak Hotel."This hit song was only the beginning of his successful career.One of the things that contributed to his fame was his controversial stage performances.On stage, his tough rebellious manner excited shrieking girls and brought many to tears.Presley performed sexually suggestive movements which appealed to the teen generation but offended many adults.Because of his great stage performances and good looks, people wanted to see more of him.He made his motion picture debut with Love Me Tender.This movie contributed to his ever-growing success.But soon, this success would be cut short.At the age of forty-two Elvis Presley died from heart disease and devastated millions of fans.He was buried in Memphis, Tennessee, which was renamed Graceland, in his honor.Graceland is visited by millions of Elvis fans each year.
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The Sixties split the skies.Only Civil and two world wars so neatly divided our history into a Before and After.And the Sixties were more divisive than World War II, which drew more people for the war effort.The Sixties drove people apart – husbands from wives, children from parents, students from teachers, citizens from their government.Authority was strengthened by World War II.It was challenged by the sixties.
Relatively few Americans in 1960 would have predicted that the decade ahead was to be among the most turbulent of the century.Despite the growing restiveness of the nation's African American population, and despite undercurrents of protest and discontent from many other groups, most Americans faced the future with optimism.
The civil rights movement spawned social activism.Among the many effects of the civil rights movement as it gained momentum in the early 1960s was its impact on Greensboro sit-ins in 1960, accelerating with the 1961 Freedom Rides, and with the Mississippi Summer project.These movements opened up some eyes to Americans so they could see what was going on in the country at this time.Most of the things that went on in the sixties dealt with the War.The Cold war in which included the Korean War, but mostly dealt with our little rivalry the Soviet Union.There was a lot of division between people because of the War.Many people couldn't handle the thought of War.They were just scared that they had to be in a country that was involve in the War.Others thought that it was the perfect time to start their own groups.Some were Ethnic groups in which gained more power.Though much of American history, most of the nation's dominant institutions had been controlled by middle-class, Protestant, white males.Nonetheless, throughout those same years, American society was extraordinarily diverse.It included may groups whose political economic, and social outlo…