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America in the 1980s
     

America in the 1980s

by Marlene Targ Brill
 

What were Americans doing in the 1980s? Grooving to music videos on MTV, the nation's hottest new cable station; protesting nuclear arms; and grieving the horrific explosion and deaths aboard the space shuttle Challenger.

Americans also watched in wonder as the Soviet Union, the nation's former enemy, collapsed while U.S. businesses boomed. And the personal

Overview

What were Americans doing in the 1980s? Grooving to music videos on MTV, the nation's hottest new cable station; protesting nuclear arms; and grieving the horrific explosion and deaths aboard the space shuttle Challenger.

Americans also watched in wonder as the Soviet Union, the nation's former enemy, collapsed while U.S. businesses boomed. And the personal computer revolution was on with the dynamic growth of Apple and Microsoft.

The decade's headliners included President Ronald Reagan, pop star diva Madonna, business guru Lee Iacocca, television's dynamic new talk-show host Oprah Winfrey, AIDS-awareness and graffiti artist Keith Haring, and a national first for women—U.S. Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O'Connor. They rose to prominence in an era of boom and bust, technological innovation, and social change. From cordless phones to The Cosby Show, from the end of the cold war to the rise of the Material Girl, read about this fascinating decade from start to finish.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 7-10–This well-written, appealing series provides glimpses into life in the United States during the 20th century. Chapters discuss the politics, science and technology, economy, social issues, literature and entertainment, sports, and music of the time and analyze how those factors affected this country's history. The texts are enlivened with quotes and excerpts from primary sources, period photos, and two sets of sidebars. “Profiles” provides biographical sketches of important people and “Turning Points” explains the significance of important events. Both the main texts and the sidebars offer extensive coverage of women and minority groups. A solid choice for readers and researchers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822576020
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Series:
Decades of Twentieth-Century America Series
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

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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