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dc.contributor.authorHuff, Christopher Allen
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation discusses the history of Atlanta’s hip community, a complex grouping of radicals, hippies, antiwar supporters, underground journalists, street people, college activists and progressive social workers that existed from the mid-1960s until the first years of the 1970s. This project explores how a true community developed in the face of the region’s staunch social and political conservatism. While college administrators cautiously tolerated student activists, city officials attempted to rid the city of the hip district, the “Strip,” that developed in Midtown. This opposition, combined with a shared belief that a new nation needed to emerge out of the racism of the Jim Crow South, the destruction of the Vietnam War and the conformity of suburban Cold War America, created a communal identity which manifested itself in student movements, an underground newspaper, a diverse antiwar movement and a belief that parts of Atlanta belonged to hips. Developing slowly in the years after 1965, the hip community experienced its zenith from 1968 to 1970 when thousands of people demonstrated against the Vietnam War, moved into the Strip, and came together in multiple ways to solve their own problems in their own way. The introduction of heroin and other hard drugs along with an increase in the Strip’s population of addicts, vulnerable runaways and bikers threatened the recently achieved successes in Midtown, leading hips, private social service agencies, and local churches to work together at solving these problems. A brief window of cooperation between hips and city leaders closed when the threat of a massive migration of new hips to the Strip in the summer of 1970 led the mayor and police to increase their efforts at controlling the hip community. These problems, along with an increase in violence in the Strip, the de-escalation of the Vietnam War and the acceptance by mainstream society of New Left and countercultural elements led to the slow decline of the hip community over several years and its complete demise by the first months of 1973.
dc.subjectEmory University
dc.subjectGeorgia State University
dc.subjectStudents for a Democratic Society
dc.subjectSouthern Student Organizing Committee
dc.subjectStudent Nonviolent Coordinating Committee
dc.subjectSouthern Christian Leadership Conference
dc.subjectAtlanta Workshop in Nonviolence
dc.subjectDraft Resistance
dc.subjectAntiwar Movement
dc.subjectAffirmation Vietnam
dc.subjectVietnam War
dc.subjectCommittee on Social Issues
dc.subjectGreat Speckled Bird
dc.subjectUnderground Press
dc.subjectPeachtree Street
dc.subjectPiedmont Park
dc.subjectSam Massell
dc.subjectLester Maddox
dc.subjectHerbert Jenkins
dc.subjectPiedmont Park Riot
dc.subjectPolice Harassment
dc.subjectAtlanta Police Department
dc.subjectMidtown Alliance
dc.titleA new way of living together
dc.title.alternativea history of Atlanta's hip community, 1965-1973
dc.description.advisorRobert A. Pratt
dc.description.committeeRobert A. Pratt
dc.description.committeePaul Sutter
dc.description.committeeBethany Moreton
dc.description.committeeJohn Inscoe

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