• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Were the sixties swinging?

Extracts from this document...


Were the sixties swinging? We often hear the sixties referred to as the 'swinging' decade bye people who were around at the time, but really how true is this statement. Were the sixties really swinging or is that just the way people want to remember them. Could the term 'the swinging sixties' really have been created to mask the tragedy and suffering of many during that decade? The sixties was, undoubtedly one of the most internationally hostile decades of the century. Through many separate events there was a breakdown in international trust. I will go into these later. No one can deny however that the sixties were swinging, at least in the world of fashion. Music too was a big influence on the cultures that came into being during the decade. The sixties were the first times that things were directed at the young and youth culture throughout the period became more and more socially acceptable. For this piece of coursework I have interviewed three people alive during the sixties and also people of my own age who weren't. I will then compare these perceptions with the reality. Firstly we will look at my primary sources who were around during the period. ...read more.


This source is useful in conveying the particular event but does not prove that this type of behaviour was endemic of people in the sixties. It was written to interest a tabloid audience. Another source that I looked at which contrasts the three of my interviewees experience is a woman, born in 1948 speaking about the sixties in the 80's. She was saying that Fashion was a very big deal. We do not now why she is giving the source but I would guess that it was for some sort of history book. It is useful in helping us to better understand the fashion of the period, which, despite my interviewees I believe was an important part of life in the sixties. (Full transcripts of these three interviews can be found in the appendix) So we have heard from the people who were there at the time, now we will look at the perceptions of the sixties through the eyes of someone who was not there. Firstly I talked to Alice Fixsen, she is 16. When I asked her what she thought the sixties were she said 'flower power', now according to the primary sources I interviewed flower power didn't play a very important part in most peoples lives, only those who were involved. ...read more.


During the sixties though there was a lot of international mistrust, it was the era of the cold war. Many incidents occurred, such as the Cuban missile crisis, and Vietnam. The memories of these events still leave their mark today. The space race was also a key point for international mistrust there was great sadness during the sixties, the death of president Kennedy and the persecution of black Americans. But also times of joy like when England won the world cup. No one can deny that the 1960's were definitely a time of change. A change in the fashion world, the musical world. The sixties produced some of the best musicians ever to be seen, such as Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton. A change in the way black people were treated in America and a change in attitude towards young people all over the world. In these respects it could be called 'the swinging sixties' but in others maybe not. Things such as Vietnam I don't think could be considered 'swinging'. So in conclusion I would say that the sixties was a mixed decade with its ups and down but from what I have read and seen I wouldn't say that everything about it was as swinging as some people make it out to be. Payam Gammage ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE USA 1941-80 section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE USA 1941-80 essays

  1. Cuban Missile Crisis Essay

    It was a stark choice between co-existence and non-existence. * Both superpowers were on full scale alert. The USA had over 50 bombers armed with nuclear warheads continuously in the air during the crisis. When one landed, another took off.

  2. The JFK assassination.

    Early in the morning of November 24, Lee Harvey Oswald was formally charged with having assassinated President Kennedy. He maintained he had been on the first floor of the Texas School Book Depository when the Presidential motorcade passed by. He was having a soft drink in the employee's luncheon room

  1. Study Source A, The Long Shadow of little Rock . What can you learn ...

    protesters received in return, this is also supported by Source H which shows that the protests held were significant as they were being met by violence. The change, where segregation came to an end was not bound to happen. Even though when slaves were freed in 1865, it was still thought that the blacks were unequal.

  2. Writing about Diverse Culture

    and Martin Luther King. 'For the Union Dead' describes not only the injustice suffered by black people but also how the world has changed in his lifetime to being completely focused on making money and how morals and sentiments have been lost.

  1. The USA 1941 - 80 : The Divided Union.

    from Mississippi read out the Washington telephone directory for 25 hours in an effort to block the Bill). Again LBJ used Kennedy's memory to force it through. The Civil Rights Act 1964 ......... 1. gave every citizen the right to vote, outlawing Literacy Tests and Grandfather Laws,etc.

  2. Case Study on Swazi culture

    In 1902, the British won the Anglo-Boer War and Swaziland became a British protectorate. They continued with the tax policy and brought Zulu police (very violent) to enforce tax collection. In 1907 the land was divided in "white areas" and "native areas", and all Swazi were forced to move to

  1. Good morning nurse Joy

    he screamed. Almost immediately the whole group bundled got into line, ready to do what we were told. The training went on for three weeks; in those weeks I trained to the best of my ability and got to know the group of twelve really well.

  2. Apartheid Sources Questions

    " the hostile crowd." Experience driving through The white policeman driving the car is backing up and supporting the blacks, he's also more experienced in driving through the crowd than the caption, which would make his statement more accurate and since he is at lower status than the caption, there

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work