By Will Kaufman

The Nineteen Seventies used to be some of the most culturally vivid sessions in American heritage. This e-book discusses the dominant cultural different types of the Nineteen Seventies - fiction and poetry; tv and drama; movie and visible tradition; well known tune and magnificence; public area and spectacle - and the decade's so much influential practitioners and texts: from Toni Morrison to All within the relations, from Diane Arbus to Bruce Springsteen, from M.A.S.H. to Taxi driving force and from disco divas to Vietnam protesters. in keeping with those that think about the seventies the time of disco, polyester and narcissism, this ebook rewrites the severe engagement with one in every of America's so much misunderstood many years

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Arguably, this way madness lies. 20 Such impressions threaten to overwhelm our sense of what precisely made the 1970s the seventies, as one of many recent cultural products indicates. The Fox Network’s long-running sitcom, That Seventies Show (1998–2006) situates its characters in a small Wisconsin suburb in the years 1976–9. What is it in particular that makes it a ‘70s show’, given that its teenage characters undergo crises and rites of passage that would be experienced by teens in other decades as well – sexual The Intellectual Context 5 exploration, ‘hanging out’, family relationships, balancing school and after-school demands?

30 Miller likewise concludes that the 1970s deserves a better press than that given by Bell, Wolfe and Lasch, especially in view of the social advances that the decade witnessed: Of course, the seventies was a crucial period, if only because during this decade initiatives from the sixties in the women’s movement, civil and voting rights enforcement, affirmative action, and environmental regulation were established. 31 Added to this list would of course be the massive public activism against the Vietnam War, hardly a narcissistic enterprise.

The concerted cultural assertion of the women’s movement was matched by the activism of other American victims of discrimination throughout the decade. In June 1970, five thousand gay men and women marched to commemorate the first anniversary of the Stonewall riots in New York. The previous year, police officers had raided a gay bar, the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, prompting days of pitched battles on the streets. As Miller explains: Police often surveyed homosexual bars, but if a gay or lesbian frequenter of a bar such as Stonewall observed codes of sexual nuance and invitation, he or she was somewhat safe.

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