A Time of Radical Change

A growing countercultural movement that would question traditional modes of authority began to coalesce around opposition to the war in Viet Nam and in support for civil rights.

Viet Nam on April 27,1969: American soldier throws signal grenade and directs helicopter to land in field.

Native American soldiers in Viet Nam.

The poetic words in Bob Dylan’s song “The Times They Are A’ Changin,” described the intergenerational tensions emerging in the nation, crossing ethnic, racial and class boundaries.

"Come gather ’round people

Wherever you roam

And admit that the waters

Around you have grown

And accept it that soon

You’ll be drenched to the bone

If your time to you is worth savin’

Then you better start swimmin’ or you’ll sink like a stone

For the times they are a-changin’

...The line it is drawn

The curse it is cast

The slow one now

Will later be fast

As the present now

Will later be past

The order is rapidly fadin’

And the first one now will later be last

For the times they are a-changin’ "

- Bob Dylan

Woodstock 1969

In August of 1969, Woodstock, a three-day musical festival drew more than 400,000 young people. Jimi Hendrix, wearing a Native American fringed jacket, was the final act of the festival and his rendition of the national anthem is still considered a hallmark of the event.