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Daily life in the United States, 1960-1990 : decades of discord
Marty, Myron A.
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Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1997.
Physical Description:
xix, 371 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Modern times flourish and fade: 1960-1966 -- Family life -- Private and public lives -- Troubled times: 1967-1974 -- Changing families -- Times of adjustment: 1975-1980 -- Crossing the postmodern divide: 1981-1990.
Reading Level:
1350 Lexile.
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E169.02 .M3547 1997 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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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.

Author Notes

MYRON A. MARTY is the Ann G. and Sigurd E. Anderson University Professor and Professor of History at Drake University. His other works include Nearby History: Exploring the Past Around You (1982), Your Family History: A Handbook for Research and Writing (1978), Retracing Our Steps: Studies in Documents from the American Past (1972), and Lutherans and Roman Catholicism: The Changing Conflict: 1917-1963 (1968).

Table of Contents

Modern Times Flourish and Fade: 1960-1966
Family Life Changing Population Patterns
Private and Public Lives
Consumers in the Material World
The Other America Mind and Spirit Technology in Daily Life
Cultural Transformations Troubled Times: 1967-1974
Changing Families Civil Rights and Group Identities Securities
Shaken Cultural Reflections/Cultural Influences
Material Aspects of Life Environmental and Consumer
Protection Technology's Small
Steps and Giant Leaps Hard Knocks for Schools
Spiritual Matters Not Ready for New Times
The Times of Adjustment: 1975-1980 Family Changes Continue
The Peoples of America Security
Concerns Television, Movies, and More Cares of Daily Life
Arenas of Discord Pulling Together Crossing the Postmodern Divide: 1981-1990
Family Variations People at the Margins Security Issues
Continue Diversions Concerns of Daily Life Technology
More Discord Prospects selected