Answer: Because they prepared America for the 1960’s. Readings include “America” by Allen Ginsberg. “I’m Waiting” by Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Chapter One from Jack Kerouac’s On the Road.
Quote: “Students’ comments generally show that they have developed a deeper understanding of some of the social factors that led to the development of the Beat writers, and that they are able to identify and understand both the motives and the characteristics that typify Beat writings.” P. 6.
Title: “The Beats Go On: Teaching the Literature of the Fifties Counterculture.” Jeff House. Classroom Notes Plus (January 2011), 1-6.