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America in the 1970s

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What were Americans doing in the 1970s? Letting their hair grow, disco dancing, and following self-help gurus. Meanwhile, their faith in government faltered as they watched images of the Vietnam War and dishonesty in the White House. The 1970s saw the flower children of the 1960s growing up. Protests against war, discrimination, and pollution developed into new organizations and laws. Religious groups became politically active. It was a time for Americans in all walks of life to find their voices. The decade's ...

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Overview

What were Americans doing in the 1970s? Letting their hair grow, disco dancing, and following self-help gurus. Meanwhile, their faith in government faltered as they watched images of the Vietnam War and dishonesty in the White House. The 1970s saw the flower children of the 1960s growing up. Protests against war, discrimination, and pollution developed into new organizations and laws. Religious groups became politically active. It was a time for Americans in all walks of life to find their voices. The decade's notables included President Richard Nixon, civil rights leader Harvey Milk, feminist Gloria Steinem, moviemaker George Lucas, and tennis star Billie Jean King. They exemplified an edgy decade of clash and change.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Kathleen Beck
What do Theodore Roosevelt, Booker T. Washington, Frank Lloyd Wright, and "Jim Crow" have in common? All were emergent forces in the explosive change that shaped the first decade of the twentieth century. Immigration fed cheap labor, which in turn gave birth to the union movement. The first affordable automobiles inspired the growth of suburbs. Telephones and home labor-saving devices became common. All this and more is described in the first volume of this attractive new series. Likewise the 1970s witnessed the advent of home computers, the end of the Viet Nam War, the rise of the environmental movement, and Woodstock. The feminist movement solidified gains, including the widespread effects of Title IX. Richard Nixon became the first president to resign his office. Social change outpaced even technological innovation. Each decade receives a similar treatment, outlining politics, science and technology, economy, and society. More attention is given than in most young adult nonfiction series to topics such as media, music, and sports. The text is clear but not condescending, with unfamiliar terms defined in parentheses. Frequent, mostly black-and-white photographs punctuate pages with clear print and lots of white space. Time lines recap major events, while "To Learn More" suggests not only books but also Web sites and films. Indexes and "Source Notes" (footnotes) are superficial and sometimes confusing. Nonetheless even libraries owning Enslow's Decades of the American Century and Facts On File's Decades of American History will find this new offering a worthwhile addition for browsers and report writers. Reviewer: Kathleen Beck
Children's Literature - Kristina Cassidy
This installment of "The Decades of the Twentieth Century" series details the 1970s. Topics covered include the Watergate scandal, Saturday Night Fever, and the kidnapping and murder of athletes at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich. Each chapter details a different aspect of culture at the time. The first half of the book chronicles politics, science and technology, and social change. The remainder of the book discusses print media, fashion and art, television and movies, music, and sports. Within each chapter, sidebars and full-page articles focus on profiles of important people and turning points in history. Photos and full quotes liven up each chapter. The text is thorough and detailed, handling difficult topics in a balanced manner. Unfamiliar terminology is defined in the text, but the subject matter and vocabulary may pose a challenge to struggling readers. Excerpts from this book would work well in a high school American history course. Younger readers may be surprised how little they really know about such a recent time period. Teachers, please note that Marlee Richards is a pseudonym of Marlene Targ Brill, award-winning writer of many books for children. Reviewer: Kristina Cassidy
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822534389
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/28/2008
  • Series: The Decades of Twentieth-Century America Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 144
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Marlene Targ Brill has written a number of titles for young adults, among them Tourette Syndrome, Marshall "Major" Taylor: World Champion Bicyclist, 1899-1901, and several titles in The Decades of Twentieth-Century America series. She lives with her husband near Chicago.

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