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Something Happened: A Political and Cultural Overview of the Seventies / Edition 1
     

Something Happened: A Political and Cultural Overview of the Seventies / Edition 1

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by Edward Berkowitz
 

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ISBN-10: 0231124953

ISBN-13: 9780231124959

Pub. Date: 11/14/2007

Publisher: Columbia University Press

According to Edward D. Berkowitz, the end of the postwar economic boom, Watergate, and Vietnam all contributed to an unraveling of the national consensus in 1970s America. His unique history-which touches on everything from the decline of the steel industry to the blossoming of Bill Gates, from Saturday Night Fever to the Sunday morning fervor of evangelical

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According to Edward D. Berkowitz, the end of the postwar economic boom, Watergate, and Vietnam all contributed to an unraveling of the national consensus in 1970s America. His unique history-which touches on everything from the decline of the steel industry to the blossoming of Bill Gates, from Saturday Night Fever to the Sunday morning fervor of evangelical preachers-argues that the postwar faith in sweeping social programs and a global U.S. mission was replaced in the 1970s by a more skeptical attitude toward the government's ability to affect society positively. Berkowitz explores the decade's major political events and movements, including the rise and fall of détente, congressional reform, changes in healthcare policies, and the hostage crisis in Iran. He traces the "rights revolution," in which women, gays and lesbians, and people with disabilities all successfully fought for greater recognition. He argues that reaction to these social movements as well as the issue of abortion led to the rise of powerful, politically conservative religious organizations and activists. Written by an accomplished historian of modern America and a longtime Washington insider, Something Happened is an engaging look at an important and previously unappreciated decade.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231124959
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
11/14/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents


Introduction     1
Nixon, Watergate, and Presidential Scandal     12
Vietnam and Its Consequences     32
Running Out of Gas: The Economic Downturn and Social Change     53
The Frustrations of Gerald Ford     71
Congress and Domestic Policy in the Age of Gerald Ford     84
Jimmy Carter and the Great American Revival     104
The Rights Revolution     133
The Me Decade and the Turn to the Right     158
The Movies as Cultural Mirror     178
Television and the Reassurance of the Familiar     198
The End of the Seventies     219
Notes     235
Selected Bibliography     259
Acknowledgments     265
Index     267

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Something Happened: A Political and Cultural Overview of the Seventies 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Barbu More than 1 year ago
For some the 1970s is so far away it seems to have been another world but it is necessary to have us remember once in a while that the hardship experienced now is but a walk in the park compared to the recession and social upheavals of the seventies. At the same time, as the author shows, the ’70 not only liberated the women it awake in them the power to ask for all that it was theirs by right. The ‘70s, or the tail end of them, was when the computer became smaller and the electronic revolution started to speed up its pace. ‘70s are also the time when terrorism was at its peak in the world and the world fought back not with armies but with clever policing. Terrorism disappeared because the people where neither swayed by the ideas of the extremist ideologies nor cowered by the seemingly disregard for human life that the terrorist showed. Nothing destroys a political movement faster than its unattractive message. The author has succeeded to write a very informative book that reads as a good thriller. One really wants to get to the next page to see how our parents (or even ourselves, young and inattentive to the world at large) survive what was thought at the time the weakening of civilization and pauperization of the developed world. It is shown in the book that every idea or movement that starts with the premise that humanity is doomed has history to hold it to its right place in the museum of ridicule ideas.