Defining Moments of the 1960s Counterculture

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Social change doesn’t come easily. From gay rights in the military, to feminism, to race equality, the cultural movements that have shaped the world have all started with small steps made by brave individuals outside the mainstream.

Today’s students are tomorrow’s changemakers, and what better way to inspire your class than introducing them to the history of U.S. counterculture? Help your students learn about individual actions that led to some of our nation’s most important progressive movements with this timeline:

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