American Notes: Hair v. Bread

The cultural confrontation of more or less conventional Americans and the longhaired young at times savors of Roundhead v. Cavalier, or H.G. Wells' Morlocks v. Eloi. How elemental the face-off can become was demonstrated last week in Monterey, Calif., when the state unemployment-insurance office ruled that jobless men with long hair can no longer collect unemployment benefits.

The office had surveyed 900 employers in the Monterey Peninsula area; 81% of those who responded would not hire anyone with hair that was not neatly trimmed at neck and ear. Said James E. Hammond, director of the Monterey office: "We feel that if...

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