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Beat Generation

The Beat Generation, or "Beats," is a term used to describe the vanguard of a movement that swept through American culture after World War II as a counterweight to the suburban conformity and organization-man model that dominated the period, especially during the Eisenhower years (1953-1961), when Cold War tension was adding a unparalleled uptightness to American life. The term "Beat Generation" was apparently coined by Jack Kerouac, whose 1957 picaresque novel On the Road is considered a kind of manifesto for the movement. In 1952, John Clellon Holmes wrote in the New York Times Magazine: "It was John Kerouac … who several years ago … said 'You know, this is really a beat generation … More than the feeling of weariness, it implies the feeling of having been used, of being raw."' Holmes used the term in his 1952 novel Go...

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