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Going Up the Country
When the Hippies, Dreamers, Freaks, and Radicals Moved to Vermont
Yvonne Daley

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Publication date: June 5, 2018

2018 • 288 pp. 41 illus. 6 x 9 1/4"
New England History / 20th Century U.S. History / Rural Studies

$19.95 Paperback, 978-1-5126-0031-5
$16.99 Ebook, 978-1-5126-0283-8

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How the counterculture changed Vermont and America

Going Up the Country is part oral history, part nostalgia-tinged narrative, and part clear-eyed analysis of the multifaceted phenomena collectively referred to as the counterculture movement in Vermont. This is the story of how thousands of young migrants, largely from the cities and suburbs of New York and Massachusetts, turned their backs on the establishment of the 1950s and moved to the backwoods of rural Vermont, spawning a revolution in lifestyle, politics, sexuality, and business practices that would have a profound impact on both the state and the nation. The movement brought hippies, back-to-the-landers, political radicals, sexual libertines, and utopians to a previously conservative state and led us to today’s farm to table way of life, environmental consciousness, and the progressive politics championed by Bernie Sanders. A fascinating look back on the long, strange trip that has been the counterculture in Vermont.

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“Like liberals confounded by Kansas, conservatives have long asked, ‘what’s the matter with Vermont?’ How could a state so rock-ribbed Republican end up embracing Bernie Sanders and becoming a paragon of all things progressive? Going Up The Country tells the story of this fifty-year political transformation, drawing on the author’s deep local roots and well informed reporting. In rollicking fashion, Yvonne Daley shows that it took more than a ‘hippie invasion’ to remake Vermont. Anyone fleeing to the Green Mountain State today, to escape retrograde politics elsewhere, will learn much from this book! Would be red-state colonizers need it even more!”—Steve Early, labor activist and author of Refinery Town: Big Oil, Big Money, and
The Remaking of an American City

YVONNE DALEY is the author of five previous books and director of the Green Mountain Writers Conference.

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 13:44:17 -0500