Flower Power

Flower Power is a photograph taken by American photographer, Bernie Boston, on October 21, 1967, during a time of nation-wide mass protests in America. The photo shows a protester, George Harris, placing a flower into the barrel of a rifle held by a soldier.

Read about the photo below and complete the sentences with ONE WORD from the text:

  1. The Flower Power movement was a _______ movement started in America in the 1960s.

  2. 'Flower power' refers to the use of flowers as a peaceful and civil way to combat ________.

  3. Toys, flags, candy and music were used to indicate that the movement was ______.

  4. Flower power was expressed through the _______ and actions of ‘flower children’.

  5. In the late 1960s, a global _______ emerged that was founded on ideas of love and pacifism.

 

The photo is significant in that it captured the courage and ethos of the Flower Power movement at a time of national crisis and uncertainty in America. The photo was influential in the protest movements of the sixties and helped strengthen the political, cultural and social influence of the Flower Power movement.


The Flower Power movement began in California, USA in 1965, as a means of symbolic protest against the established leaders of the country. The term was coined by American poet, Allen Ginsberg when he promoted the use of "masses of flowers" to hand to policemen, press, politicians and spectators to civilly fight violence with peace. The use of non-violent objects such as toys, flags, candy and music were intended to show that the movement was not associated with anger or violence.


In the 1960s and 1970s, many American young people embraced the symbolism by dressing in clothing with embroidered flowers and vibrant colors, wearing flowers in their hair, and distributing flowers to the public. These people became known as ‘flower children’ or ‘hippies’.


In January 1967, as many as 100,000 young Westerners from all over the world travelled to San Francisco for the ‘Summer of Love’. The Summer of Love became a watershed event in the development of a worldwide counterculture based on values of love and peace. Newly recruited hippies returned home at the end of the summer, taking with them the new values, styles, ideas, and behaviors and introducing them into all major cities in the Western world.


When you are ready, enter your answers in the sheet below:

 

May your lives be free from violence

May you be filled with love and peace


Take care, much love Simon

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