How Vermont’s flower children of the sixties became the state’s leaders - Valley News

A former Rutland Herald reporter describes how she and others moved to Vermont during the 1960’s, full of disappointment with the war in Vietnam, tired of suburbia, and eager to support the civil rights movement.

“That live-and-let-live vibe is a big part of what has kept Daley, who will read from Going Up the Country, her sixth book, during the Bookstock Literary Festival in Woodstock this weekend, in Vermont for most of the past 50 years. The Melrose, Mass., native and her first husband left graduate school in Ohio in 1967 to move to the Green Mountains, motivated primarily by the fear and frustrations wrought by the Vietnam War and the backlash against the civil-rights movement, and by disillusionment with the suburban conformity of their upbringing in the 1950s. They found, and often moved in with, like-minded members of their generation, and introduced themselves, gradually, to a very white, somewhat insular population of Vermonters who at first looked askance at the long hair, the fluid partnering arrangements and the unconventional clothing of the newcomers."


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  • Patrick Finnie
    commented 2020-07-28 10:41:41 -0400 · Flag
    Like Bernie Sanders, these people were not Vermonters then, are not Vermonters now, and never will be Vermonters, they will forever be known as “Flatlanders”. It reminds me of the time I was patrolling on State St. and there was a protest on the State House lawn against the public use of Berlin Pond. I met a man in front of the DMV building who asked me “What are those people protesting ?” I told him and he replied “They look like the same people that protested me as I got off the bus here, when I got home from Vietnam.” Sadly I had to tell him that some of them probably were the same people. I then thanked him for his service, and we went our separate ways. I find the use of the word “detente” interesting, as it is a throwback to the good old day of “peace and love” even though it was President Richard Nixon that popularized the use of this word. You remember Richard Nixon ? He is the president that got caught with his hands in his political rivals cookie jar, and left the office in disgrace. Sound familiar ? The only difference between then and now is the press did not support “Tricky Dick (a Republican) Nixon’s” agenda long before Watergate, they do however clearly and unambiguously support Joe “the teleprompter reading rutabaga” Biden’s agenda. (of course he’s a Democrat) Ahh the more things change the more they stay the same.
  • Patrick Finnie
    commented 2020-07-28 10:41:40 -0400 · Flag
    Like Bernie Sanders, these people were not Vermonters then, are not Vermonters now, and never will be Vermonters, they will forever be known as “Flatlanders”. It reminds me of the time I was patrolling on State St. and there was a protest on the State House lawn against the public use of Berlin Pond. I met a man in front of the DMV building who asked me “What are those people protesting ?” I told him and he replied “They look like the same people that protested me as I got off the bus here, when I got home from Vietnam.” Sadly I had to tell him that some of them probably were the same people. I then thanked him for his service, and we went our separate ways. I find the use of the word “detente” interesting, as it is a throwback to the good old day of “peace and love” even though it was President Richard Nixon that popularized the use of this word. You remember Richard Nixon ? He is the president that got caught with his hands in his political rivals cookie jar, and left the office in disgrace. Sound familiar ? The only difference between then and now is the press did not support “Tricky Dick (a Republican) Nixon’s” agenda long before Watergate, they do however clearly and unambiguously support Joe “the teleprompter reading rutabaga” Biden’s agenda. (of course he’s a Democrat) Ahh the more things change the more they stay the same.