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1 Fisher-Edelglass Zachary Fisher-Edelglass 19 November 2013 HS132 Professor Mason “The Seventies” in Review In terms of United States history, the nineteen-seventies were a fascinating time that is often glanced over in favor of more “popular” decades. The seventies presented the country to new perceptions and ideals, forever changing the landscape that Americans call home. From changes in politics and government, to alterations in American home life and culture, the United States is undoubtedly still infused with many of those elements introduced in that time period. Author Bruce J. Schulman ventures to give the decade it’s proper explanation and analysis in his book, The Seventies: The Great Shift in American Culture, Society, and Politics . The book, which was published in 2001, attempts to divulge into the effects that the events and people from the seventies had, and continue to have today on the United States. Schulman declares in The Seventies that the nineteen-seventies was in fact one of the most influential and consequential decades in the nation’s history. While many scholars are quick to point to other decades, such as the fifties or sixties, as the most crucial time in America, Schulman argues that the seventies were just as pivotal, if not more so. Using political figures and events, Schulman asserts that the American way of life was forever changed during the decade. As Schulman writes in his conclusion, “But the legacies of the Seventies, the changes in latitude and changes in attitudes, remain
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2 potent. The long, gaudy, depressing Seventies reinvented America. We live in their shadows,” (257), which embodies his ideals of the compelling decade. In The Seventies , Schulman offers logical points and harmonizing examples, which give his notions on the decade validity. While it remains questionable whether the seventies was truly the most significant decade, the book certainly verifies that the decade was extremely consequential. Schulman makes a persuasive case, allowing the reader to comprehend the severity of particular events through different cultural references. The readers are first introduced to the nineteen-seventies through Richard Nixon and his presidency. Schulman effectively illustrates the former president’s impact on the nation throughout his terms. Nixon, who served as President of the United States from 1969 until 1974, was a man of great intrigue. Nicknamed “Tricky Dick”, Nixon was certainly neither predictable nor genuine. Many of the decisions implemented during his presidency are still significant today. With televisions rapidly increasing in popularity, Nixon endorsed it as his preferred way to communicate with the American people. During his 1972 visit to China, Nixon urged media outlets to use visual media over traditional print journalism, which has become standard practice today. He also regulated enormous amounts of money to artistic programs. Being that he was anti-intellectual and
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