Summer of love

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January 24, 2022

The Summer of Love was the summer of 1967, when about a hundred thousand hippies, acquaintances and strangers, gathered in San Francisco's Haight Ashbury neighborhood to celebrate love and freedom, thereby creating a unique phenomenon of cultural , social and political rebellion. Hippies also gathered in New York, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Seattle, Portland, Washington DC, Chicago, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, European cities, but San Francisco became the center of the hippie revolution, a boiling cauldron of music, psychoactive substances, sexual freedom, creative expression and politics. "Summer of Love" was the culmination of the second half of the 1960s, when the hippie subculture finally made itself known to the public. This unprecedented gathering of people is sometimes considered a social experiment due to the lifestyle that came to be seen as the norm in "Summer of Love" and the following years. It includes life in communes, equal and free distribution of goods, often with the participation of strangers, the use of psychedelic substances, "free love". Ironically, the summer of 1967 brought the United States one of the strongest bursts of urban violence, usually associated with racial discrimination and the clashes that followed. This side of the summer of 1967 is often referred to as The Long, Hot Summer.

Background

The roots of the event are in such a phenomenon as psychedelic (sub)culture. It, in turn, is a synthesis of several aspects. A large part of the relevant ideology, worldview, attitude is borrowed from the subculture of the beatniks, who declared their independence from the authoritarian system of the United States - but the generation of the second half of the 1960s placed more emphasis on protesting against the commercialization of American society. Hippies had the minimum set of material assets necessary for survival, which was often provided by diggers and distributed equally. Medical care was available at The Haight Ashbury Free Clinics, Inc., founded by Dr. David Smith. As the name of the subculture implies, its initial basis was the use of various psychoactive drugs.

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