The cultural and conceptual upheavals of the 1960s were undoubtedly forms of protest against a perception about the “way things are.” Dissent against the status quo was lodged from many diverse angles and extended into domains previously considered untouchable. Above all the 1960s held out hope that life could change and structural problems could be solved. Hope seemed limitless though it appeared dangerous as well. Standing against the powers that be is rarely comfortable. However dissent was a thoroughly traditional activity rooted and grounded in American ideology. This was the irony to the diverse movements of the 1960s.