Protest Music and Social Conflict in America (Part Two) 1967-70
By the late 1960s there were huge opportunities for Richard Nixon to capitalise on the growing discontent across America towards the counter culture. Millions of Americans looked on with disdain at a generation of anti war protesters and young men and women who actively rejected the lifestyles of their parents generation. Nixon, and every Republican president and presidential candidate since has tried to tap into the social conservatism of small town and rural America. In the late 1960s Woodstock, the Manson murders and the trial of the Chicago Seven created prisms through which many Americans could see their country, and two different nations emerged, seeing different things.