The Super Fun Kids' Graphic Novel Sale

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN a $100 Credit

Subscribe to
for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

Visit our stores

    Recently Viewed clear list

    Lists | Yesterday, 3:24pm

    Zachary Thomas Dodson: IMG 10 Books That Will Change Your Mind about Bats

    Bats are a much-maligned animal. Long thought of as creepy or evil or diseased, a closer look reveals that the wide variety of bat species also... Continue »
    1. $19.57 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

Qualifying orders ship free.
Used Trade Paper
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
1 Burnside AMST- 1950/60/70870

More copies of this ISBN

This title in other editions

America in the Seventies


America in the Seventies Cover


Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Tucked between the activist Sixties and the conservative Eighties lies a largely misunderstood and still under-appreciated decade. Now nine leading scholars of postwar America offer a revealing look at the Seventies and their rightful place in the epic narrative of American history

This is the first major work to relate the economic decline and cultural despair of the Seventies to the creative efforts that would reshape American society. Dogged by economic and political crises at home and foreign policy failures abroad, Americans responded to a growing sense of uncertainty in a variety of ways. Some explored the new freedoms promised by the social change movements of the late Sixties. Some challenged the technological verities that ruled corporate America. Others sought to create autonomous zones in the ruins of decaying cities or on the bleak landscape of anomic suburbia. And, against a backdrop of massive economic dislocation and bicentennial celebrations, many Americans struggled to redefine patriotism and the meaning of the American dream.

Focusing on how Americans made sense of their changing world by analyzing such sources as film, popular music, use of public space, advertising campaigns, and patriot rituals, these essays interweave the themes of economic transformation, identity reconfiguration, and cultural uncertainty. The contributors cover such topics as the public's increasing mistrust of government, the reshaping of working-class identity, and the tensions between the ideological and economic origins of changing gender roles.

From existential despair in popular culture to the reactions of youth subcultures, these provocative articles plot the lives of Americans struggling to redefine themselves as their nation moved into an uncertain future. Together they recapture the essence and spirit of that era—for those who lived it and for curious readers who have come of age since then and struggle to understand their own time.

Table of Contents

Introduction, Beth Bailey and David Farber

1. The Torch Had Fallen, David Farber

2. "It Makes You Want to Believe In the Country": Celebrating the Bicentennial in an Age of Limits, Christopher Capozzola

3. Affirming and Disaffirming Actions: Remaking Race in the 1970s, Eric Porter

4. "Vigorously Left, Right, and Center": The Crosscurrents of Working-Class America in the 1970s, Jefferson Cowie

5. She "Can Bring Home the Bacon": Negotiating Gender in the 1970s, Beth Bailey

6. "Adults Only": The Construction of an Erotic City in New York during the 1970s, Peter Braunstein

7. America's Poseiden Adventure: A Nation in Existential Despair, William Graebner

8. Cutbacks: Skate and Punk at the Far End of the American Century, Michael Nevin Willard

9. Culture, Technology, and the Cult of Tech in the 1970s, Tim Moy



Product Details

Bailey, Beth
Farber, David
Bailey, Beth
Farber, David
Bailey, Beth
Farber, David
University Press of Kansas
United states
United States - 20th Century
Nineteen seventies
Popular Culture - General
US History - 20th Century
Edition Description:
Culture America
Series Volume:
Publication Date:
9.20x6.28x.77 in. .91 lbs.

Other books you might like

  1. I've Got the Light of Freedom:... Used Trade Paper $7.95
  2. History Wars: The Enola Gay and... Used Trade Paper $8.95
  3. The Seventies: The Great Shift in... Used Trade Paper $6.95
  4. Lover (Cutting Edge) New Trade Paper $28.50
  5. Telling the Truth about History Used Trade Paper $6.50
  6. Tillamook 2ND Edition a Created... Used Trade Paper $2.13

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Politics
History and Social Science » Sociology » General
History and Social Science » US History » 20th Century » General
History and Social Science » US History » General
History and Social Science » World History » General

America in the Seventies Used Trade Paper
0 stars - 0 reviews
$11.95 In Stock
Product details 252 pages University Press of Kansas - English 9780700613274 Reviews:
  • back to top


Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at