1970 December 21

No Long Hair on New Jersey Turnpike!


A lawsuit, filed on this day, challenged harassment of long-haired young men by the New Jersey State Police on the New Jersey Turnpike. In the mid-1960s, there were a number of cases of harassment of young people with long hair by police and school officials. Hair was a symbol of rebellion and the youth counterculture. After all, why did they name the popular musical Hair?

Learn more about the Sixties and the counterculture: Todd Gitlin, The Sixties: Years of Hope, Days of Rage (1987)

And more: Terry Anderson, The Sixties (1999)

Watch a documentary on the Sixties: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUc2eLe-ruI&list=RD9G8O7mkIjpM

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