Daily Life in the United States, 1960-1990: Decades of Discord

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Introduction

To some, good times: Times of creativity, free spirits, and human compassion. For pursuit of ideals, progress, and prosperity. Times marred, to be sure, by assassinations, cities burning, and war--but on balance, good times. Times remembered for improving the lot of the poor, rebuilding cities, battling for civil rights, and opposing war.

The 1960s

To others, bad times: Times of excess, rebelliousness, destruction, and despair. Times remembered for tramplings on American traditions and ideals, loss of face in world affairs, and long-term damage to American society.

To no one the best of times: Times remembered for war, Watergate, OPEC, the oil crisis, Three Mile Island, inflation, unemployment, and weakened families.

The 1970s

For some, nonetheless, a time to seek alternatives, keep ideals alive, change attitudes on the environment, and create new possibilities.

To some, the best of times: Times for restyling the government, undoing damage done in the 1960s, championing free enterprise, reducing inflation, cutting taxes, and building up the military. Times to remember for the tumbling of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union.

The 1980s

To others, the worst of times: Times for ignoring the rights of minorities, assaulting the environment, forgetting the poor, wooing the privileged, building a pie-in-the-sky defense system, and tripling the national debt.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Recent Titles in the Greenwood Press "Daily Life through History" Series ii
  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface ix
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • Notes xiii
  • Introduction xv
  • Introduction xix
  • Part I - Modern Times Flourish and Fade: 1960-1966 1
  • 1 - Family Life 3
  • 2 - Changing Population Patterns 11
  • 3 - Private and Public Lives 25
  • 4 - Consumers in the Material World 35
  • 5 - The Other America 43
  • 6 - Mind and Spirit 51
  • 7 - Technology in Daily Life 57
  • 8 - Cultural Transformations 65
  • Part II - Troubled Times: 1967-1974 77
  • 9 - Changing Families 79
  • 10 - Civil Rights and Group Identities 87
  • 11 - Securities Shaken 99
  • 12 - Cultural Reflections/Cultural Influences 115
  • 13 - Material Aspects of Life 127
  • 14 - Environmental and Consumer Protection 141
  • 15 - Technology's Small Steps and Giant Leaps 149
  • 16 - Hard Knocks for Schools 159
  • 17 - Spiritual Matters 169
  • 18 - Not Ready for New Times 175
  • Part III - Times of Adjustment, 1975-1980 179
  • 19 - Family Changes Continue 181
  • 20 - The Peoples of America 187
  • 21 - Security Concerns 195
  • 22 - Television, Movies, and More 205
  • 23 - Cares of Daily Life 215
  • 24 - Arenas of Discord 225
  • 25 - Pulling Together 239
  • Part IV - Crossing the Postmodern Divide: 1981-1990 245
  • 26 - Family Variations 247
  • 27 - People at the Margins 255
  • 28 - Security Concerns Continue 265
  • 29 - Diversions 277
  • 30 - Concerns of Daily Life 291
  • 31 - Technology 303
  • 32 - More Discord 309
  • 33 - Prospects 331
  • Selected Bibliography 337
  • Index 353
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