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Going Up the Country
When the Hippies, Dreamers, Freaks, and Radicals Moved to Vermont
Yvonne Daley; Tom Slayton, fwd.

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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“Daley’s] fascinating interviews stir up no shortage of old memories, good and bad, plus passionate defenses of differences once thought to be important. . . . Daley’s insightful look at Vermont before and... [continued in Reviews below]”—Counterpunch

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 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 progressive politics as championed by Bernie Sanders.

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Reviews / Endorsements

“[Daley’s] fascinating interviews stir up no shortage of old memories, good and bad, plus passionate defenses of differences once thought to be important. . . . Daley’s insightful look at Vermont before and after its fabled “hippie invasion” is a useful guide to building bridges to new neighbors not on the left or anywhere near it.”

“Daley argues that Vermont’s counterculture — its communes, its ice cream, its drugs, its politics — has had a vast impact on the culture of the country writ large.”
Boston Globe

“Marvelous. . . . Yvonne Daley’s . . . book tracing the impact of the counter-culture on Vermont is at once thoughtful, moving, important— and very funny.”
The Herald of Randolph

“That the author tells her story so well may be due to the fact that she approached it as both a participant and a seasoned journalist.”
Barton Chronicle


Going Up the Country is fascinating to read. . . It shows the outsized effects of the ’60s and ’70s counterculture not only on Vermont, but on the nation, and is thus a welcome addition to literature about this era.”—Rain Taxi Review of Books

“Anyone fleeing to Vermont to escape retrograde politics elsewhere will learn much from this book!”—Steve Early, author of Refinery Town: Big Oil, Big Money, and the Remaking of an American City

“Artists, dreamers, craftspeople—they all discovered Vermont during a great migratory culture clash that began in the 1950s and continues today. How these newcomers changed the Green Mountain State, and how it changed them, is the fascinating subject of Yvonne Daley’s deep and personal study.”
—Jon Clinch, author of
Finn and Kings of the Earth

“A love letter to a time and a place.”—Randal Smathers, director of the Rutland Free Library

“I cannot imagine a more authoritative and inspiring voice than Yvonne Daley’s to guide us on this dazzlingly relevant journey.”—Elizabeth Rosner, author of Survivor Cafe: The Legacy of Trauma and the Labyrinth of Memory

“Vermont experienced an invasion of self-proclaimed ‘freaks’ who transformed the state in ways that were both profound and long lasting. Daley captures this brilliantly in her riveting account of how so much of the cultural and political life of the state was changed by them.”
—Tony Marro, former editor of Newsday

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

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