The Mindset Lists of American History: From Typewriters to Text Messages, What Ten Generations of Americans Think Is Normal

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John Wiley & Sons, May 23, 2011 - History - 272 pages
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Snapshots of the U.S.'s last nine generations—from the creators of the Mindset List media sensation

Just as high school graduates in 1957 couldn't imagine life without zippers, those of 2009 can't imagine having to enter phone booths and deposit coins in order to call someone from the street corner. Every August, the Mindset List highlights the cultural touchstones that have shaped the lives of that year's incoming college class. Now this fascinating book extends the Mindset List approach to dramatize what it was like to grow up for every American generation since 1880, showcasing the remarkable changes in what Americans have considered "normal" about the world around them.

  • Expands Tom McBride and Ron Nief's popular annual Mindset Lists to explore the mindset of nine generations of Americans, from 1880 to the future high school graduates of 2030
  • Offers a novel and absorbing way to understand the frame of reference of Americans through history, whether it's the high school grads of 1918, who viewed riding an elevator as a thrill second only to roller coasters, or those of 2009, who have always thought of "friend" as an active verb
  • Puts a human face on the evolution of historical changes related to technology, the struggle for rights and equality, the calamities of war and depression, and other areas
  • The annual Mindset List garners extensive media attention, including on Today, The Early Show, the NBC Nightly News, CNN, and Fox as well as in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, Time magazine, and hundreds of international publications

Whatever your own generational mindset, this book will give you an entertaining and important new tool for understanding the unique perspective and experience of Americans over more than a hundred and fifty years.

  

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Review: The Mindset Lists of American History: From Typewriters to Text Messages, What Ten Generations of Americans Think Is Normal

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I really enjoyed this book but when I got to the chapter about my class it didn't really fit what I thought to be true about my class. Granted my experience is not the majority but it made me really ... Read full review

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Contents

Introduction Generations Have Always Had Mindsets
1
Class of 1898 Women Have Always Ridden Bicycles
7
Class of 1918 Rum Has Always Been Demonic
31
Class of 1931 Theyve Always Been Spoiled by Zippers
57
Class of 1944 The Shadow Has Always Known
79
Class of 1957 Fluoride Has Always Been Controversial
101
Class of 1970 Magazines Have Always Been Mad
127
Class of 1983 There Has Always Been the Grateful Dead
153
Class of 1996 Michelangelo Has Always Been a Turtle
181
Class of 2009 Theyve Never Dialed a Telephone
207
Class of 2026 Theyve Never Needed a Key for Anything
231
Conclusion We Have Always BentBut Have Never Been Broken
257
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TOM McBRIDE is a professor of English and Keefer Professor of Humanities at Beloit College, where he was also the longtime director of the first-year students' program. RON NIEF is the former public affairs director of Beloit College who developed the Mindset List in 1998.

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