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America in the Seventies (Culture America) Paperback – June 21, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0700613274 ISBN-10: 0700613277
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"Bailey and Farber, both brilliant and original historians, have taken a fresh and revealing look at a neglected and misunderstood decade. The remarkable essays they have assembled show that the 1970s were in some ways even more important than the preceding 'age of great dreams.'" --Chester Pach, author of Arming the Free World

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It was an age of limits and an age of excess. . . . A time of high drama in which sexual liberationists and Gospel Hour devotees, Mohawked punks and disco dancers, furious displaced steel workers and new women professionals, Sunbelt and Rustbelt, white ethnics and people of color, all struggled to define America and to secure a future on a shifting cultural and economic ground.--from the Introduction

Bailey and Farber, both brilliant and original historians, have taken a fresh and revealing look at a neglected and misunderstood decade. The remarkable essays they have assembled show that the 1970s were in some ways even more important than the preceding ‘age of great dreams.'--Chester Pach, author of Arming the Free World

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Product Details

  • Series: Culture America
  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Univ Pr of Kansas (June 21, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0700613277
  • ISBN-13: 978-0700613274
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #351,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Darcia Helle TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 27, 2011
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The lighthearted cover of this one, with photos of Archie and Edith Bunker, Farrah Fawcett and John Travolta's disco stance, is a bit misleading. This is not a light read, geared toward the fad culture of the seventies. Instead, this is a studied look at the politics, social movements and major influences of the decade.

I found some of the writing in these essays dry, even for nonfiction. Others, like 'She "can bring home the bacon"', which covered the women's liberation movement and "Adults Only", which talked about the so-called sexual revolution, fascinated me.

Whether you grew up during the seventies, as I did, were an older adult or a glimmer in your parents' eyes, this book offers a perspective of the much overlooked decade that can only be seen in hindsight.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Louise S. Anderson on June 29, 2013
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I subscribe to the 5 x a week Delancey Place email book excerpts because it expands my horizons as to what kinds of books I might like to read. In this case, I became an adult during the 70's and it was enlightening to me to read about the social changes that were taking place (at a macro level) and comparing them to my own experiences (at a micro level), like finding my first professional job as a woman in the marketplace, hearing about computers that you could actually have in your home (instead of creating stacks and stacks of punch cards to be feed into the enormous card readers at the all night campus computer center), The essays are well-written and foot noted, so if you want to burrow on back to the primary sources, you can,
In general, if you like to read history, sociology, biography or other non-fiction works, and don't know where to start, you should sign up at delanceyplace.com. There is always a link to purchase the book via Amazon, and a part of the profits supports literacy programs. I have purchased many books, like this one, that I wouldn't even have known about otherwise, and have thoroughly enjoyed.
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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful By B. Wolinsky on March 12, 2009
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Around the early 1990's, there began a nostalgic mania for everything 70's. Bell-bottoms, seen as a joke in the 1980's, were back in style. Disco, once the butt of jokes, was popular again. Perhaps the movie "Dazed and Confused" inspired it? But since nobody born after 1975 could remember the 70's, could young people really understand the issues of the time?

This book about 1970's America offers fresh and disturbing angles on the decade. One of the examples is the movie "Looking for Mister Goodbar" with Diane Keaton. The author uses this to show a side of the "Sexual Revolution" that college professors and horny college guys speak of frequently. Discussions of the 1970's attitude towards "free sex" is usually positive; it was a decade where consenting adults had the new freedom to explore sexuality. But the author has a darker view. Women could easily put themselves in a dangerous situations, in a decade before AIDS made us wary. He also wonders if the sense of rebellion among American women led them to make poor judgments with men, as does the character in the movie. The protagonist has a respectable job, and by night she seeks dangerous relationships. Is she rebelling against her "good girl" persona? Did rebellion lead naive girls into dangerous lifestyles? Is this a topic we can discuss without looking like male chauvinists?

Some look back fondly at the "good old days." Others say there were never any "good old days." 1970's New York was a crime-ridden hellhole, which is why my parents moved to Queens in 1980. But people still look at the 70's as a decade of color, fashion, music, and culture.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Miller on March 27, 2011
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Having lived through the 70s, I couldn't wait to get to the 80s. Now that I've read this book, I'm glad I took my time. A lot more happened in the 70s then mood rings, pet rocks, disco, and Saturday Night Fever (30th Anniversary Special Collector's Edition). The 70s were a unique time and this book takes a hard look at the decade with lots of fresh insights.

Jeffrey Miller, author of War Remains a Korean War novel
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