Title: Coffee and Protest: The Origins of the New Left and Student Protests Movements of the 1960s Against the Status Quo
Stream: Philosophy, Ethics, Consciousness
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
John Williams, Collin College, United States
This research examines the rise of the New Left amongst disillusioned and disenchanted college and university students in the United States, England and France in the late 1950s and early 1960s. This research serves three purposes: first, it will identify core issues which resonated with young people in the late 1950s and 1960s resulting in mass protests and demonstrations in places of higher learning. These issues included complacency by governments towards the prevention of future wars, unabated consumerism and its impact on the middle class, the plight of minority populations and lack of effort by governments to advocate social justice on their behalf. Second, it will discuss the impact of these protests and demonstrations and examine the reaction of the status quo, namely governments in power and their supporters to these protests. Finally, this research will briefly correlate the protests of the late 1950s and 1960s and their relationship with protests and demonstrations of the first two decades of the twentieth century.
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