The Seventies: The Great Shift in American Culture, Society, and Politics

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Da Capo Press, 2002 - History - 334 pages
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During the era that Jonathan Livingston Seagull was soaring high on self-help platitudes, the Village People were bringing a campy sensibility to the discos, and "Ms." was replacing older forms of female address, the United States, according to Schulman, was undergoing some of the most drastic and profound changes in its history. A professor of history and director of American Studies at Boston University, Schulman has fashioned a sprightly, neatly detailed and enlightening history of a period that many historians have written off as an uneventful time. While Saturday Night Live embodied the "contempt for authority" that was prevalent during the period, it was, he says, also part of a culture that "reinvented America" in ways that were deeply progressive and political. From social movements like feminism, gay liberation and the "gray panthers," to the emergence of Jimmy Carter and the politics of the sunbelt, to the startling notion of "diversity" "the prospect of unlike, unassimilable groups as a good to be valued" the 1970s altered basic concepts about the individual, race, economics, politics and society. This book's power comes from its ability to capture both the myriad contradictions as well as the cultural and political syncopations of the time. Schulman's breadth of examples from popular and political culture and his ability to use them to illuminate one another make for astute analysis as well as colorful social history.

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Very entertaining and filled with interesting information. By thoroughly dissecting the '70s, it goes a long way towards explaining why the '80s were the way they were. Read full review

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A good introductory history of the 1970s - was the only book on the seventies for many years, but has kind of been surpassed by more recent work Read full review


Down to the NutCutting The Nixon Presidency and American Public Life
E Pluribus Plures From Racial Integration to Diversity
Plugging In Seeking and Finding in the Seventies
The Rise of the Sunbelt and the Reddening of America
Jimmy Carter and the Crisis of Confidence
This Aint No Foolin Around Rebellion and Authority in Seventies Popular Culture
Battles of the Sexes Women Men and the Family
The Minutemen Are Turning in Their Graves The New Right and the Tax Revolt
The Reagan Culmination
End of the Seventies End of the Century

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Bruce J. Schulman is Director of American Studies at Boston University. A frequent contributor to publications such as the Los Angeles Times, Schulman lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.

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