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American Experience
Summer Of Love
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Premiered October 1988 As television's longest-running, most-watched history series, American Experience brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that helped form this nation. Now in its eighteenth season, the series has produced over 180 programs and garnered every major broadcast award. Series release date: 10/1988

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In the summer of 1967, thousands of young people from across the country flocked to San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district to join in the hippie experience, only to discover that what they had come for was already disappearing. By 1968 the celebration of free love, music and an alternative lifestyle had descended into a maelstrom of drug abuse, broken dreams, and occasional violence. Through interviews with a broad range of individuals who lived through the summer of love -- police officers walking the beat, teenage runaways who left home without looking back, non-hippie residents who resented the invasion of their community and scholars who still have difficulty interpreting the phenomenon -- this "American Experience" offers a complex portrait of the notorious event that many consider the peak of the 1960s counter-culture movement.



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Chicago: “American Experience; Summer Of Love,” 03/02/2007, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 20, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_CD8111F8381B4B699F5032C1E9366329.
MLA: “American Experience; Summer Of Love.” 03/02/2007. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 20, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_CD8111F8381B4B699F5032C1E9366329>.
APA: American Experience; Summer Of Love. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_CD8111F8381B4B699F5032C1E9366329
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