A Summer of Peace, Love, and Change
East Hampton straddled two worlds in the summer of 1969.
In one of them there was Vietnam, and men walking on the moon, and Woodstock, and the Manson murders, and Stonewall. The civil rights movement was in full swing and war protesters were arrested in cities across the country, even as the words “peace” and “love” came to define the era.
In the other world, a small beachfront town was still small enough that almost everyone knew everyone else, for nine months of the year anyway. Summer was starting to be a different story. Current events were on people’s minds, but it was largely business as usual here. The town had only recently seen its very first bank robbery.
“Every night on television, the news channels covered the war in Vietnam — how many people were killed, how many troops we ...