“West Georgia was Mayberry in 1965,” said one student, but by 1970, “the campus was wide open.” The Vietnam War, a sexual revolution, experimentation with drugs, and racial integration gave the 1960s and early 1970s an atmosphere of rebellion and uncertainty that alarmed the mainstream establishment. The West Georgia College counterculture (faculty and students who engaged in and held behaviors, attitudes, and values contrary to social norms) clashed with administration, other students, and the Carrollton community. Nonetheless, the counterculture and this tumultuous period shaped West Georgia–relaxing policies that gave more freedom to students, expanding the racial makeup of the student body, and in new organizations that allowed students to define their own experience.
Explore the exhibit sections below to understand student, administration, and community perspectives on the counterculture at West Georgia.
Kaitlin Costley, curator
Hannah Givens, researcher and curator
Christian Hill, designer
Tracy Phelps, curator
Larry Stephens, scholar
Images courtesy of UWG Special Collections
Center directors: Dr. Julia Brock, Dr. Ann McCleary
Center assistant director: Keri Adams