As a veteran of the 1960s, I have been interested, over the years, to investigate the significance of those times, to look at the background from which they emerged, and to assess—to the extent possible after such a relatively short time—the effects of the political and social turmoil with which we associate them. In the essay that follows, I explore six experiences of my own, looking at how a time of activism and change affected the post-World War II generation, and might influence the world of today.
My experiences are drawn from the trajectory created, over the course of some fifteen years, launched from the point of view of a clueless youth in 1957, and ending in that of a back-to-the-land communard in the early 1970s. In between, high school, college, and a stint working in Boston intervene. At the time of my communal life, 1969 to 1973, Montague Farm on which I lived was touted as a model of progressive community living, and that is the end toward which the story here is told. The tale of the farm itself stretches far beyond that another thirty years, but this essay is focused on the decade of the 1960s, and so we will stop shortly after that period.
American Communal Societies Quarterly
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