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Where Have All the Flower Children Gone?

Where Have All the Flower Children Gone?

Sandra Gurvis
Copyright Date: 2006
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    Where Have All the Flower Children Gone?
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    What happened to the Vietnam protesters and civil rights activists? Where did their idealism lead them? And what do they feel they have contributed to the nation's political debate? Answers to these and many other questions can be found in the first-hand narratives, history, and photographs ofWhere Have All the Flower Children Gone?

    Chapters examine such aspects as the origins of the student protest movement and the conservative backlash as well as the fates of draft evaders, expatriates, and conscientious objectors. Respondents explore the conflict between the various generations over Vietnam, Iraq, and other issues. What happened to the children of the 1960s, and how do they reconcile their pasts with the present? Gurvis examines little-known aspects of the 1960s such as an uprising at Colorado State and coffeehouses that helped soldiers form opinions about Vietnam.

    Where Have All the Flower Children Gone?puts a contemporary face on the Age of Aquarius. Gurvis interviews such officials as Senator Chuck Hagel (R-Nebraska) and such high-profile former radicals as Bernadine Dohrn. The book also provides one of the last interviews with the late Ossie Davis. The major and minor players of Kent State and Jackson State, where students and others perished at the hands of soldiers, weigh in as well as do the generations preceding and succeeding the Baby Boomers.

    Sandra Gurvis is a freelance writer living in Columbus, Ohio. She has written for numerous magazines and is the author of ten books, including the novelThe Pipe Dreamers.

    eISBN: 978-1-60473-142-2
    Subjects: History

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-viii)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. ix-x)
  3. Acknowledgments
    (pp. xi-xii)
  4. Introduction A Guide to This Book
    (pp. xiii-2)

    It was November 2, 2004, the day of the presidential election. I was in Madison, Wisconsin, doing some follow-up research for this book. Although I’ve been to many universities during the course of my career, be it to talk about the Vietnam protests or for unrelated reasons, it seemed as if University of Wisconsin most embodied the spirit of the 1960s, at least as I remembered them.

    The dress was contemporary—the wide range of styles found in most colleges today—and many students walked around with cell phones or MP3 players attached to their ears. Most everybody was courteous...

  5. 1 The Protesters From Port Huron to Kent State and Jackson State
    (pp. 3-56)

    On May 4, 1970, four students were killed and nine others wounded at Kent State University (KSU) in Ohio. These shots ricocheted around the academic world, closing 728 campuses and disrupting countless high schools. The sixty-seven bullets fired in thirteen seconds at 12:24 p.m. ripped and rended the lives of those present on a grassy slope called Blanket Hill as well as their families and loved ones.

    How did we get from a dry proclamation of discontent to student blood pouring on the ground? The simple answer is Vietnam, but as with many things, truths are more complicated. Civil rights,...

  6. 2 Hardliners The Conservatives and the Hawks
    (pp. 57-104)

    Forty-one years to the day after the “historic” adoption of the Sharon Statement, two planes flew into the World Trade Center, with two more headed for the Pentagon and Washington. These and other events, such as the advent of the digital age and all the sophistication that entails and the onset and spread of AIDS, have made what once were flashpoint issues about as incendiary as a decades-old cherry bomb. During the Vietnam era, it seemed as if you were either a radical (“hippie”) or a sellout to the Establishment (“square”). Now the lines are not as clearly delineated. For...

  7. 3 Communes and Former Radicals Selling Out or Stuck in Time?
    (pp. 105-144)

    Except this wedding wasn’t Anywhere, USA. This was the Farm, in Summerville, Tennessee, one of the oldest and, during its heyday, the largest Vietnam-era communes in the United States. The bride and groom were offspring of the original followers of Stephen Gaskin, a former English professor from San Francisco. Gaskin’s Monday night classes on psychedelic experiences and world religions had developed quite a following in the late 1960s. This was further boosted by what can best be described as a “field trip” in every sense of the word, when Gaskin and two hundred of his closest friends organized a brightly...

  8. 4 And It’s One, Two, Three Draft Evaders, Expatriates, and Conscientious Objectors
    (pp. 145-190)

    The Country Joe song, sung at Woodstock and at protests before and since, eloquently captures the mindset of young men such as Dennis McFadden (not his real name), who could be the poster child for the stereotypical draft dodger. “I started to fill out the CO [conscientious objector] paperwork but realized I’d probably be turned down because I couldn’t play the game of the devout Christian,” he recalls. “I was so much into the hippie lifestyle—partying and demonstrating—that I flunked out of college. Then the lottery came up and my number was low. I was sure to be...

  9. 5 Vietnam and Iraq Older and Younger Generations Speak Out
    (pp. 191-240)

    In early 2003, as the United States was gearing up its assault on Iraq, massive antiwar rallies took place not only in Washington but in San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and many smaller cities. Demonstrations involving hundreds of thousands occurred around the world as well.

    Not just limited to a certain demographic, the participants in the twenty-first-century Washington demonstration were all ages and from all walks of life, including the “very young, elderly and everywhere in-between, Palestinian, Jewish, Buddhist, Christian and Moslem, Indian (native and South-Asian), American, well-dressed and not, pierced, gay, straight and who-knows-what, small town folks,...

  10. 6 Friends and Peers Where Have All the Flower Children Gone?
    (pp. 241-280)

    What a blast of cold water: These seemingly nondescript middle-aged males were yesterday’s whippet-thin, long-haired, pot-smoking, blue-jeaned, goddamn hippie freaks. The anecdote on the previous page provides a partial answer to the question, Where have all the flower children gone? An even shorter response might be nowhere and everywhere. One doesn’t have to look far to find someone who either came of age during the 1960s or was somehow involved in that era. That hardly makes everyone who lived back then “flower children,” but the purpose here is to quantify and somehow define those masses of young, idealistic faces pictured...

  11. Notes on Interviews
    (pp. 281-284)
  12. Reference List
    (pp. 285-300)
  13. Index
    (pp. 301-305)