Similar things had happened before: antiwar certitude (Harvard students' in 1940 booing any suggestion of saving Europe after the fall of France), literate radicalism (John Milton in the 17th century), public nudity (15th century Adamite Christians on islands in the Elbe), and drug advocacy (Aldous Huxley extolling the joys of mescaline in 1954). The generation of 1968 -- the first baby boomers -- may have been innocent of historical memory, but that did not bother them. What was important was that they felt new and different and, man, it was us vs. them, young vs. old, hip vs. square, revolutionaries against...

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