Raised in the uptight fifties when conformity was the rule, Toni's generation was the first-born of the baby boomers. They saw the civil rights ... Show synopsis Raised in the uptight fifties when conformity was the rule, Toni's generation was the first-born of the baby boomers. They saw the civil rights movement unfold on the TV news and discovered an America very different from the America with freedom and justice for all they had learned about in school. Many were angry about being lied to and angry with what was happening. They joined a counterculture movement of people who believed strongly that the U.S. should live up to its promise. They wanted fewer rules about lifestyle, less materialism and more harmony with nature. Many protested. Status quo America answered with police and National Guard troops. There were riots, demonstrations and assassinations along with the peace, love, good vibes culture of sex drugs and rock 'n' roll. Toni's book is a well-told remembrance of her journey from being a popular high school cheerleader to being an active participator in the counterculture.