It was the largest migration of young people in American history.
Tens of thousands swarmed San Francisco in spring and summer 1967 to be a part of the Summer of Love. Some were lured by a utopian vision of a peaceful community. Others sought the excitement of a drug-fueled counterculture. Many felt disillusionment with a conformist, consumer-culture. Establishment that supported a bitter Cold War between the superpowers and a hot war on the ground in Vietnam.
What we're thinking about is a peaceful planet, we're not thinking of anything else. We're not thinking about any kind of power... We're not thinking about revolution or war or any of that... We would all like to be able to live an uncluttered life, a simple life, a good life, and think about moving the whole human race ahead a step.-- excerpt from an interview with the Grateful Dead
Play the What's Your Bag? game on another American Experience Web site and immerse yourself in the Sixties.
Then cast your vote: imagine that you came of age in the summer of 1967. Would you have gone to San Francisco?