The Seventies: The Great Shift In American Culture, Society, And Politics

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Da Capo Press, Apr 18, 2002 - History - 334 pages
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Sweeping away misconceptions about the "Me Decade," Bruce Schulman offers a fast-paced, wide-ranging, and brilliant examination of the political, cultural, social, and religious upheavals of the 1970s. Arguing that it was one of the most important of the postwar twentieth-century decades, despite its reputation as an eminently forgettable period, Schulman reconstructs public events and private lives, high culture and low, analyzing not only presidential politics and national policy but also the broader social and cultural experiences that transformed American life. Here are the names, faces, and movements that gave birth to the world we now live in-from Nixon and Carter to The Godfather and the Ramones; from Billie Jean King and Phyllis Schlafly to NOW and the ERA; from the Energy Crisis to Roe v. Wade. The Seventies is an astutely provocative reexamination of a misunderstood era.

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Don’t let the title deceive you. This book spans 1968 to 1985, though to understand the influences and legacy of the 1970s, it’s necessary to look a little before and ahead. You’ll get a little of a ... Read full review

The seventies: the great shift in American culture, society, and politics

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Last year, conservative polemicist David Frum asserted in How We Got Here (LJ 2/15/00) that it was the Seventies rather than the Sixties that defined the final quarter of the American century ... Read full review


The Sixties and the Postwar Legacy
The Nixon Presidency
From Racial Integration to Diversity
Seeking and Finding in the Seventies
The Rise of the Sunbelt and the Reddening
Jimmy Carter and the Crisis of Confidence
Conclusion End of the Seventies End of the Century 253

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About the author (2002)

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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