As I have noted, I am writing a book about how the Post War generation has changed over the decades and how their changes influenced the lives of everyone else. Although have the most vivid memories of the Hippies and Activists, the Squares were actually the largest cultural subtype of the Post War Generation.
In the counterculture movements that started in the 1940s and took momentum in the 1960s a “square” referred to someone who clung to repressive, traditional, stereotypical, one-sided, or “in the box” ways of thinking. The term was used by hipsters in the 1940s, beatniks in the 1950s, hippies in the 1960s, yippies in the 1970s, and other individuals who took part in the movements which emerged to contest the more conservative national, political, religious, philosophical, musical and social trends. It was in this context that Sly and the Family Stone‘s trumpet player Cynthia Robinson yelled out in the hit “Dance to the Music“: “All the squares go home!” If the counterculture was a shift from conservatism to liberalism, then square was what liberal people called conservative people and things. While the term waned in popularity by the 1980s, it remained in the public consciousness, particularly of the American baby boom generation.
Members of the Post War generation moved within and between the Activist, Square and Hippie subcultures throughout their difficult transition out of childhood and into adulthood. With reference to the Squares (and I know that there are loads of former Squares out there), What were…
- Important events in Square History
- Square Culture Heroes
- Best and Worst Square Music
- Best and Worst Square Fashion
Let me know that you think…