How Counterculture Changed Vermont

[Reposted from VTDigger] On Thursday, June 14th at 7pm, Yvonne Daley will present her new book, Going Up the Country: When the Hippies, Dreamers, Freaks, and Radicals Moved to Vermont at Main Street Landing. Co-sponsored by Phoenix Books, this event will feature a reading and a short panel discussion with Melinda Moulton (CEO of Main Street Landing), John Douglas (filmmaker and cofounder of the Free Vermont movement), Barbara Nolfi (cofounder of the Free Vermont movement and organizer in the free Women’s Health Center in Burlington), Mo Dwyer (a nurse who served in the Vietnam War), and filmmaker Jay Craven.

Going Up the Country is part oral history, part nostalgia-tinged narrative, and part clear-eyed analysis of the multifaceted phenomena collectively referred to as the counterculture movement in Vermont. This is the story of how young migrants, largely from the cities and suburbs of New York and Massachusetts, turned their backs on the establishment of the 1950s and moved to the backwoods of rural Vermont, spawning a revolution in lifestyle, politics, sexuality, and business practices that would have a profound impact on both the state and the nation. The movement brought hippies, back-to-the-landers, political radicals, sexual libertines, and utopians to a previously conservative state and led us to today’s farm to table way of life, environmental consciousness, and progressive politics.


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