Daily Life in the United States, 1960-1990

Daily Life in the United States, 1960-1990

Decades of Discord

Book - 1997
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Students, teachers, and interested readers can use this important resource to examine the evolution of the everyday lives of ordinary people in the United States from 1960 to 1990. The volatility of the civil rights movement; the impact of the baby boom generation; the influences of television, advertising, and other media; the emergence of environmental and consumer-protection movements; and the effects the Vietnam War and Watergate had on the American public are just a few of the issues examined and outlined. From the space age to the computer age, the user can explore how change-induced discord and adjustment to postmodern times led to cultural standoffs, affecting everyday lives.

For the first time the social history of the United States is examined in four chronological periods: 1960-1966, when modern ideals flourished and then began to fade; 1967-1974, when cultural changes began to remake America; 1975-1980, when the cultural changes led to standoffs between opposing sides; and the 1980s, when postmodern conditions broadened their influence and discord became more pronounced. Marty explores the details of everyday living that these time periods reflected: * the American dream home in suburbia* the influences of new technologies such as computers, portable stereos, and microwave ovens * the initial excitement of space exploration * the growing realities of dual-income and single-parent families and a vast number of other topics that help the user trace the evolution of this mutable and exciting time period.

Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1997.
ISBN: 9780313295546
Call Number: 973.92 MARTY
Characteristics: xix, 371 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Subjects: United States -- Social life and customs -- 1971-
United States -- Social life and customs -- 1945-1970.
United States -- Social conditions -- 1960-1980.
United States -- Social conditions -- 1980-


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