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Ultimately, we hope to learn how much the newcomers influenced the Vermont we know today, and how much were they influenced by the people that were already here.
To find out more about the Vermont Historical Society's Vermont 1970s project, please visit website: vermonthistory.org/vt70s.
By 1980, it had increased by over 65,000 to 511,456.
Others, disillusioned by the violence of the 1960s, just want to "drop out" and create their own self-sustaining society and culture.
Other politically active groups were on Vermont's college campuses, particularly Goddard in Plainfield, where newcomers and natives both participated in political dissent — especially after the shootings at Kent State in 1970.
By the mid-1970s, after the publications of the Pentagon Papers, Watergate and the resignation of President Nixon, many in the U. and Vermont began to share the counterculture protesters' distrust of the government and become more accepting of them and some of their ideas.
At this point in time, the Vermont Historical Society has documented about 45 communes and some references indicate there were well over 60.
Most were started as short-lived experiments in the early 1970s and had disbanded by the middle of the decade.