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Communes, Counterculture, and the Back to the Land Movement

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Cultures +1 Age Level High School (16 to 18 years old)

This collection includes a variety of photographs taken by Lisa Law. Students will examine the photographs and a few artifacts and try to draw conclusions about the ways in which the commune or back-to-the-land movement challenged the norms of traditional United States society in the 1960s and 1970s. A link to an exhibit website is include and allows students to check their assumptions, and students are asked to compare elements of the counterculture with that of mainstream 1960s and 1970s culture.

Tags: counterculture, commune, hippie, granola, back to nature, communal living, co-op, cooperative, sixties, seventies, Woodstock, change over time, compare, ashram, silent majority

Law Farm

National Museum of American History

New Buffalo Commune Kitchen

National Museum of American History

Woman Making Tea

National Museum of American History

Man Milking Goat, Yogi Bhajan's Ashram

National Museum of American History

A Visual Journey: Photographs by Lisa Law 1965-1971

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access

"Hippie" Dress or Shirt

National Museum of American History

Ball Perfect Mason Jar

National Museum of American History