A Symbol of Non-Violence Ideology

The Genealogy of Style

Man putting flower in National Guard gun


Flower power was a slogan used during the late 1960s and early 1970s as a symbol of passive resistance and non-violence ideology. It is rooted in the opposition movement to the Vietnam War. The expression was coined by the American beat poet Allen Ginsberg in 1965 as a means to transform war protests into peaceful affirmative spectacles. Hippies embraced the symbolism by dressing in clothing with embroidered flowers and vibrant colors, wearing flowers in their hair, and distributing flowers to the public, becoming known as flower children. The term later became generalized as a modern reference to the hippie movement and the so-called counterculture of drugs, psychedelic music, psychedelic art and social permissiveness.

Flower Power originated in Berkeley, California as a symbolic action of protest against the Vietnam War. In his November 1965 essay titled How to Make a March/Spectacle, Ginsberg advocated…

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2 thoughts on “A Symbol of Non-Violence Ideology

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  2. That took me back to my teens. I was never a Hippy of course, and didn’t have much time for them when I was younger. That said, the image of the flowers in the rifle barrels is a wonderful moment in history.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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