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To some people the sixties were the best of times; to others it was a period when many things in society went wrong, why do people have such different ideas about the 1960s?

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The 1960s To some people the sixties were the best of times; to others it was a period when many things in society went wrong, why do people have such different ideas about the 1960s? During the 1950s to the 1960s there was many changes in society. Many dramatic events of the twentieth century happened in the sixties, such Yuri Gagarin was the first man in space, Cuban missile Crisis, and John F Kennedy's assassination. The Vietnam War and the first men on the moon,but the sixties was blamed for many things going wrong in society For teenagers the sixties was a great time for them, they could finally have their own lives and their own freedom of expression in their clothes and music and tastes. Music had become more available and convenient because of the new technology; the new seven-inch singles were created light, cheap and convenient. Gramophones became cheaper and pop shows on TV started showing and coffee bars became popular so teens could catch up with the latest songs. ...read more.


Before, in the 1950s women did not have many job opportunities most of them worked in boutiques or as receptionists all of this was because of the traditional views that women stay at home and sacrifice their career for the home and children, this is because they did not have equal education. So in the sixties law was formed to make sure girls and boys had same education. Liberals liked the sixties because there were many changes. Homosexuality was legalised in 1967 but relationships had to be in private and The Death penalty was abolished. Most parents would have disliked the sixties because they would disapprove their children's Behaviour. Because of the changes in popular culture teenagers would constantly going out, listen to music that parents found offensive, artists like Beatles and Rolling stone, this is because they influenced drug use, suggested sex and rebellion. During the sixties the fashion changed from formal clothes to youthful and more provocative clothing, such as the mini skirt. ...read more.


It was a great time for young people because of their freedom and popular culture but bad for the older generation who were more traditional. Religious Christians believed that the pill and abortion and homosexuals was wrong and weakened society. For women, sixties was a time of great changes because now they could have equal pay, better jobs and education and a stronger legal position in marriage. Some husbands would have disliked this because they are not used to living without their wives looking after the house and family. For liberals sixties was good because of the abolition of death penalty and legalisation of gays. For people who belived in politics and trusted the government, they disliked the sixties because they do not like to see the politicians being attacked by the media. One of the main things of the sixties is that it was the beginning of when people began questioning society and lack respect for the establishment. The strong moral and family values of before had changed by the end of the 1960s into freedom, self-expression and the individual. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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