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The culmination of the Sixties 'revolution' came in 1968: the 'year of youth'. Anti-Vietnam War protests

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There was undoubtedly a significant social and cultural change in the sixties. The 60's represents a year of social and cultural liberation from the old ways of the 40's and the 50's because there was more affluence, consumer goods i.e. televisions and radios, increase in education i.e. 22 more universities were established and saw the emergence of comprehensive schools, sexual liberation, immigration and women's rights. However, it could also be seen that the sixties was a result of continuity from the late 50's which started the revolution and continued through to the 70's. The fact that it is important to recognise that social revolution wasn't happening everywhere, for example, the Women's Institute flower shop. Thus we can see that there was a Social revolution but it was limited as some people were not affected by the goings on of the revolution. Social change in the 1960's was not universal as it did not affect everyone, it concerned mostly the educated middle class, and there were variations according to age, class and religion. ...read more.


Radios also made way to popular music from singes such as the 'Beatles', 'Rolling Stones' and 'Elvis Presley'. Again there is evidence that a social revolution had taken place because people were buying more consumer goods and were listening to music, thus showing that there was affluence in the air. There were significant cultural developments in the early 1960s towards sex that reflected the new mood. Social change was also visible in legislation. Under the Labour government after 1964, especially influenced by a reform-minded Home Secretary, Roy Jenkins, the law was liberalised in respects of abortion, homosexuality and divorce. Abortion had been illegal and unmarried mothers were stigmatised. However the abortion law was passed in 1967; the Wolfenden Report of 1965 opened the way for some-sex relationships 'between consenting adults over 21'. The very fact that the government was unable to prosecute theatres and the media for sexual material shows that the government was drifting away from its old methods of censorship. This shows that there was a social/cultural revolution and saw people moving away from the old attitudes of the early 50's. ...read more.


Considering the fact that there was a lot of change from the late 50's and the early 70's in terms of education, feminism, consumer goods, immigration and government legislations it is clear to me that there was a Sixties revolution to some extent. Also acknowledging the fact that revolution means having a dramatic change I believe that there were a lot of dramatic changes in the Sixties. However, I don't believe that this revolution had started in the Sixties because it is my belief that it had started in the late 50's but it was catalysed by the Second World War. One must also ask if there was a sixties revolution then why did it not last? And if it was a time of greater equality why did the cold war continue? There had been a lot of social and cultural changes for example people had greater freedoms in fashion and self expression which was not recognised in the 50's. ?? ?? ?? ?? Was there a 'Sixties Social revolution'? Kumar Mehta Sixties Essay Mr. Jefferson Page: 1 14/12/04 ...read more.

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