Happily Hippie-American
by Paul Dougan

"If Hippiedom began as a revitalization movement that evolved into an ethnicity, let’s follow through: let’s continue revitalizing and transforming America..."

In this case history of Hippiedom, Dougan shares a historical perspective on hippie inventions, including the personal computer, how neoconservatism brought political pressure to bear on the hippie culture, and how hippies influenced the 1960s and beyond with their art and music. Hippiedom is identified with many traits, including ways of dress, a natural look, and hair length, most notably long hair for men. Tackling the mistaken belief that hippie culture is dead, Dougan evaluates data proving the culture is alive and supports many vital aspects of society, including environmental activism and critical world organizations. Cultural demographics and lists of artists, writers, musicians, and more are included. A call to the future for a revitalization of the hippie movement and to form a Hippie American Ethnic Organization that might strengthen and build community is shared.

As a self-proclaimed hippie, Dougan has lived history and shares his perspective on the origin of the hippie identity, look, and lifestyle. His comprehensive, well-cited examination of the 1960s and lively writing style depict a way of life that brought both envy and hatred toward the hippie movement. Naming just a few of the ways that hippies have influenced the future, independent evidence is offered that supports advancements in technology with the internet, whole and unprocessed foods, and alternative medicine. Dougan brings the stereotypical to light by sharing his experience that there is not one hippie philosophy, that hippies are not all liberals, and that their perspective on religion is varied. Even those who believe they understand Hippie-America will find enlightenment in the history and references conveyed. Dougan’s thought-provoking style may move those who consider themselves to be Hippie-American into a new appreciation for and understanding of their identity.

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