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

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Pulling Together

The pulling apart was real enough, but several events between 1975 and 1980 invited Americans to interrupt their everyday lives and rediscover their identity as Americans. We note here three such events, the third of them extending into the 1980s.

The bicentennial of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776 inspired a wide variety of celebrations. Fireworks filled the skies in communities of all sizes across the nation, and parades, parties, races, games, and historical reenactments occurred in many cities and towns. Some celebrations featured the distinctive styles of ethnic groups, noting the important contribution made by immigrants throughout two centuries. Some celebrated with exhibitions of arts and crafts, often reflecting local or regional distinctiveness. The most American of foods--sweet corn, watermelon, and hot dogs--were on the menu everywhere. Religious congregations assembled to remember with thanks the blessings enjoyed by Americans.

The Bicentennial

In some cities, spectacular fireworks displays, preceded by concerts and other entertainment, attracted hundreds of thousands of children and adults. Six million persons on the shore of New York Harbor watched an armada of fifty vessels from the U.S. Navy and other countries sail from the Verrazano Narrows Bridge past the Statue of Liberty to the George Washington Bridge. In Philadelphia, where it all began, commemorative activities included striking the Liberty Bell thirteen times, once for each of the original colonies that had united in declaring their independence from the British Crown. Across the nation, bells in

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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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