1970s Decade in Photos: Protest and Change

1970s Decade in Photos: Protest and Change

by Jim Corrigan
     
 

Events during the 1970s shook America's confidence. The Vietnam War ended in defeat. Scandal forced a U.S. president to resign in disgrace. In Pennsylvania, a nuclear accident nearly caused disaster. Yet there were happy times, too. The nation celebrated two hundred years of independence. People dressed in colorful clothes and danced to disco music. It was the

Overview

Events during the 1970s shook America's confidence. The Vietnam War ended in defeat. Scandal forced a U.S. president to resign in disgrace. In Pennsylvania, a nuclear accident nearly caused disaster. Yet there were happy times, too. The nation celebrated two hundred years of independence. People dressed in colorful clothes and danced to disco music. It was the 1970s - a decade of doubt and change.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
Characterizing a decade in one slim book involves making choices—Corrigan has done quite well at selecting nineteen significant events or developments for each decade since 1900. Young history buffs get a look at politics, war, fashion, science, and technology in this "Amazing Decades in Photos" series; illustrated not only with photographs, some books make use of posters, cartoons, and newspaper pages as well. (The later decades are presented mainly in photographs.) In this book readers will encounter continuing protest against the Vietnam War and, finally, defeat and withdrawal. At home, there was the oil crisis, the Watergate scandal, and the resignation of President Nixon. Terrorists struck in the skies and at the Olympic Games of 1972. On the positive side, the first Apple computers appeared, America celebrated its Bicentennial, and progress was made towards a Middle East peace under the guidance of President Jimmy Carter. Corrigan represents the arts with Hollywood hits, disco dancing, and the polyester fashions of the decade (what about George Balanchine's brilliant ballets or Ansel Adams's photographs?). At the end of the decade, further disasters struck: mass suicide by an American religious cult in Jonestown, Guyana; invasion of Afghanistan by Soviet troops; and fifty-three Americans taken hostage in Iran, with the situation still unresolved in 1980. Looking forward, Corrigan tells readers that a new president (Ronald Reagan) would implement policies that "reshaped the nation and the world"; though the economy would improve, the gap between rich and poor would widen. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft
VOYA - Jennifer McConnel
It is hard to imagine that an entire decade can be described in so few pages, but the volume on the 1950s provided a delicious sampling of the era most often idealized in modern American history. Consisting of brief articles covering such topics as the "Fighting Erupts in Korea," "McCarthy Fuels the Red Scare," and "Here Come the Baby Boomers," the text is accompanied by well-chosen photographs, each of which is clearly captioned. The book closes with a section entitled "Looking Ahead," which introduces the election of President Kennedy and the decade of the 1960s. The other volumes in the Amazing Decades series closely follow the format mentioned above. Sections of the 1970s volume include "Terrorists Strike the Olympics," "President Nixon Resigns," and "Tech Firsts." As the book wraps up, "Looking Ahead" mentions the coming presidency of Ronald Regan as well as the AIDS crisis and the upcoming economic recession. Additional resources are included in each text, making them user-friendly: there is a short chronology followed by a glossary, a list of further reading, and a handful of internet resources. The book is indexed, which will make teachers and librarians breathe a sigh of relief. The eleven-volume series spans the entire twentieth century and would be a useful addition to a middle-grade history classroom. (Amazing Decades in Photos) Reviewer: Jennifer McConnel

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780766031364
Publisher:
Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/01/2010
Series:
Amazing Decades in Photos Series
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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