1. A Lost Decade. Very few Americans with memories of the 1970’s look back on the 1970’s with fondness. Popular culture very rarely, if ever, portrays the 1970’s U.S. as any sort of gold age, nothing like the way Americans have nostalgia for World War II and the 1950’s. What are some reasons that explain this lack of nostalgia? In other words, what events or developments of the 1970’s created a kind of anxiety that many Americans have wanted to forget?
I. Original Message (15 pts) Post a brief (approx. 250 word) message addressing one of the following questions. Be sure to use information and examples from the textbook:
2. The ’70’s began in ’68. Explain why the American Yawp textbook treats the year 1968 as such a key turning point in the history of the late twentieth century. One way to think of it: how was American society (for example culture, politics, economics, foreign relations, etc.) different after 1968 than it was before 1968? Another way to think of it: what did events of 1968 bring to an end, and what did they begin?
II. Response on other question (15 pts) In addition, post a short (4-6 sentence) response to someone else’s message about the OTHER question, the one you did not answer