Protest against the War
During the 1960s America was involved in the
Vietnam War. This war was a controversial one because many people were against the United States' involvement in
South Vietnam. Adding to the tension of the Americans against the war was the emergence of a generation of people who were a part of the
counter-culture and believed that they should do anything possible to go against the establishment. When Central Park was declared a
National Historic Landmark in 1965, this counter-culture generation decided that the park would be the perfect host for their demonstrations.