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Perspective | Five myths about hippies
During a special summer 50 years ago, young people from all over America flooded into San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury neighborhood in hopes of joining the hippies, a new group of rebellious dreamers vowing to teach anyone who would listen how to find peace, love and happiness. It was the Summer of Love.


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