The 1980s Decade in Photos: The Triumph of Democracy

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The 1980s were a period of rapid change. Computers became a part of everyday life. A long conflict known as the Cold War finally ended. Teenagers tuned in to MTV and watched music videos. The space shuttle roared into orbit for the very first time. America learned about a deadly new disease called AIDS. This fast-paced decade left an indelible mark on the world.

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Overview

The 1980s were a period of rapid change. Computers became a part of everyday life. A long conflict known as the Cold War finally ended. Teenagers tuned in to MTV and watched music videos. The space shuttle roared into orbit for the very first time. America learned about a deadly new disease called AIDS. This fast-paced decade left an indelible mark on the world.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
Characterizing a decade in one slim book involves making choices—Corrigan generally does 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. (The later decades are presented mainly in photographs.) Corrigan subtitles this title "The Triumph of Democracy," but except for the unification of Germany (bitterly resented by some East Germans), readers will find little to suggest such a triumph. Ronald Reagan was popular with many, but Corrigan does not mention his breaking the air—traffic controller's union or his ultimate responsibility for the illegal Iran-Contra affair. Worldwide, Soviets battled mujahideen in Afghanistan, Americans were blown up in Lebanon, the U.S. invaded Grenada and Panama, while protesters were brutally repressed in China. At home, Americans lived through the AIDS epidemic, the spread of crack, and the culture of greed. More positively, the 1980 Olympics brought a gold medal in hockey, personal computers became available to all, and one space shuttle was successfully launched; Corrigan represents the arts with MTV videos and fashions influenced by pop stars and television. The end of the decade inflicted the explosion of shuttle Challenger, nuclear disaster in Chernobyl, and the crash of the stock market. Looking forward from this era of change, Corrigan informs readers that the 1990s would bring new conflicts. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780766031371
  • Publisher: Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/1/2010
  • Series: Amazing Decades in Photos Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Welcome to the 1980s 5

Miracle on Ice 8

America Bounces Back 11

President Reagan Is Shot 14

Space Shuttle Blasts Off 16

MTV Changes Pop Music 18

Reagan Heats up the Cold War 20

Deadly Conflicts Around the World 23

War on Drugs Widens 26

Scourge of AIDS 28

Rise of the Computers 30

Space Shuttle Explodes 32

New Trends in Fashion 34

Nuclear Disaster in Europe 37

The Iran-Contra Affair 40

Black Monday Hits the Stock Market 42

Bloodshed in China 45

Culture of Greed 48

The Berlin Wall Falls 51

U.S. Troops Invade Panama 54

Looking Ahead 56

Chronology 58

Glossary 59

Further Reading 60

Internet Resources 61

Index 62

Picture Credits 64

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