At 06:34 AM 6/6/2000 -0400, you wrote:
> Anyway, I remember the later 50's as being an
>extremely exciting and hopeful period. We felt change in the air.
Speaking of the complexity of generations, we need a fresh look at the
fifties. The conformist, organization man, suburban buttoned-down repress
fifties was the mainstream reality, but there was so much going on beneath
the surface. As Abbie Hoffman once said, "there wouldn't have been the
sixties, if not for the fifties." Or something like that.
Bebop and hard bop, the first folk revival (a breakthrough for what the
Almanacs/Weavers were trying to do), the beats and abstract expressionists,
the sick comics (Lenny Bruce,
Mort Sahl, etc.) iconoclasts like radio's Jean Shepherd, the Village Voice,
doo wop (and white kids getting seriously into black music), not to mention
in politics the ban the bombers
(Committee for Nonviolent Action and SANE), the NYC air raid protests
(Catholic Workers and WRL). The consensus that dominated the corporate
fifties began to fracture in the mid-fifties and it was from the
underground ferment that the new left and the counter-culture was born.
The civil rights movement had it's own antecedents but the fact that so
many young whites were ready to embrace the cause stems from the ferment of
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