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Life as a Teenager in the 1970's

What Did Research Show about the 1970's?The chaotic events of the 60's, including war and social change, seemed destined to continue in the 70's. Major trends included a growing disillusionment of government, advances in civil rights, increased influence of the women's movement, a heightened concern for the environment, and increased space exploration (/ and the French really did care and were affected by what happened to their country!Spacecraft: Space…became the ‘Final Frontier’….in the wake of Vietnam, a crumbling economy, and Watergate-Americans needed a resurgence of national pride…it…'would undo in one stoke this assault on [the nation’s] self esteem. The tremendous power of the televised images of Apollo moon landing testified to a further effect of Sputnik’s launching” (Killen 15). The forces reshaping family life included the sexual revolution, a.k.a. the Pill, the growing influx of women in the workforce, and the Roe v Wade decision (Killen 46).As the Watergate scandal deepened, every dinner invitation, interior decoration decision, and Christmas photo issuing from the White House was scrutinized (Killen 45). The storm of protest created by the invasion of Cambodia dwarfed previous, outcries against the Vietnam War. Public indignation was heard loudest on the nation’s campuses. From one coast to another, students took to the streets, blocking traffic, starting bonfires, and smashing the windows of federal buildings (Fincher 52).

"But one thing that was different in the 70’s until from today is that from the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s the economy was…has always been really good. So, since what you do in school generally translates in what you can what job you can get. In the early 70’s there was plenty of work so nobody was very afraid of not finding a job. " -Frederic TorresON THE OTHER HAND"As for like private colleges or yah I don’t think too too much has changed. Number one, the tuition is just exorbitant it’s just unrealistic and and really something…I mean nothing…I’m…I’m not really sure anything can be done because private schools are private schools...I just remember personally I went to a private school up in New Hampshire called Saint Anselm College and I want to say, I’m forty now, I was 18 at the time, tuition must have been 22-24 thousand."-Karin Torres"The one thing I do remember in my early 20’s was Aids. Aids was a kind of like more and more people were getting it, but there was more and more out there, knowing more about it. So I’d have to yah I definitely would have to say that Aids was probably a…a big thing that people talked about at that time."-Karin Torres"If you look at history, the French were actually ah at basically colonize Vietnam, which at the time was called Indo-Chine or Indo-China...France was very interested holding Vietnam because there was trees over there that produced glues. And that’s how at the time, we were doing tires for cars. So France had a way to supply tires because from Vietnam they would get this glue that they would make tires with. But starting in the 50’s, I think it’s actually an American company called Du Pont de Nemours invented a way to do that chemically and they didn’t need the trees anymore."-Frederic Torres"Yah Nixon definitely was familiar, with that whole mess, but I think it was kind of more like gossip then…then a historical. "-Karin Torres"I was not even computer literate in high school. I…I had a little bit in college, but if…if you want to compare what I did in college to today it would probably be like a type of word document. "-Karin Torres

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The Kent State massacre was the most devastating event, with four students gunned down by Ohio National Guardsmen attempting to stem the anti-war demonstrations. Mandatory busing to achieve racial school integration, particularly in Boston and other Northeastern cities, often led to violence and a disruption of the educational process. On a positive educational note, Congress guaranteed equal educational access to the handicapped with the Education of All Handicapped Children Act of 1975 (/ those real life problems stemmed off of the fact that for one, between 1965 and 1975 the number of divorces each year in the United States doubled as well as problems with the economy; by 1974 Nixon announced deep cuts in a wide rage of government programs. And these programs including, but were not limited to programs that affected funding for education and hospital construction to urban renewal, and this “was coupled with a rhetorical assault on the “pathologies” and dependency; a decline of personal responsibility; the breakdown of the moral economic necessity…Following close to thirty years of unparalleled prosperity and economic expansion, 1973 ushered in a period on contraction that spelled the beginning of the end…” (Killen 207-8).

Mood rings, lava lamps, Rubik's cube, sea monkeys, smiley face stickers, string art, and pet rocks all captured the imagination of Americans during this decade. The wildest fad surely was streaking nude through very public places! Families vacationed in station wagons and everyone wanted an RV. The fashion influence of sixties hippies was mainstreamed in the seventies, as men sported shoulder length hair and non-traditional clothing became the rage, including bellbottom pants, hip huggers, colorful patches, hot pants, platform shoes, earth shoes, clogs, T-shirts, and gypsy dresses. The floppy disc appeared in 1970, and the next year Intel introduced the microprocessor, the "computer on a chip." Apollo 17, the last manned craft to the moon, brought back 250 samples of rock and soil. Unmanned space probes explored the moon, Jupiter, Mars, Saturn, Uranus, and Venus. Pop music splintered into a multitude of styles: soft rock, hard rock, country rock, folk rock, punk rock, shock rock -­ and the dance craze of the decade, disco! But whatever sub-genre(s) you preferred, rock music was big business.Among the top names in popular music were Aerosmith, the Bee Gees, David Bowie, Jackson Browne, Alice Cooper, Eagles, Electric Light Orchestra, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Fleetwood Mac, Billy Joel, Elton John, Led Zeppelin, John Lennon, Pink Floyd, Bob Seger, Bruce Springsteen, Rod Stewart,Three Dog Night, and The Who. "Easy listening" regained popularity with groups such as the Carpenters, and Bob Marley gained a huge core of fans in the U.S. performing Jamaican reggae music(

"The seventies are...counted as a decade, so completely were they obscured by the long shadowns cast by both the sixties and the eighties..."(Killen 1)"we are in the 70’s so the 60’s are basically gone, but there’s still a lot of influence of this" (Frederic Torres).

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Research Info!The media in general, whether music, television, etc. was a balanced source of escapism and realism. The music, movies, and television shows allowed the viewer to “escape” his or her real life problems and indulge in the fictional problems of others. American wise these statements would include the television shows An American Family, The Brady Brunch, and the Partridge Family, movies including Ice Storm, Deep Throat, Sybil, The Exorcist, Last Tango in Paris, and newspapers such as Times and Newsweek (Killen 45-46). While the French media was quite similar to the American in that most movies and television shows were taken from American products and translated into French.

What Else Did Research Show?Specifically moving onto a French example, The French Century states, “Students took an angry part in the protests. There were more of them than ever before, and they were restless… This great wave had now passed on to flood the universities, which it had never been easier to enter” (Moynahan 412). But instead the French men and women were protesting their exams or their bacs.

There was one or two networks a phone, but no internet obviously. A technological mechanism that they did have the old vinyl records. In the 70’s something came also known as high fi, which basically brought music to homes in a really good quality, and it was based on lamp amplifiers."But there was basically all the rock music from the 60’s coming mostly from America and the UK. Then there was the disco and then probably by the late 70’s I would say or the second last five years of the 70’s, there was the punk."-Frederic Torres"And the punk were generally mostly teenagers that were basically or dropping out of school or something. They were basically hanging around generally not doing not really going to school, and smoking, and generally doing pierce…piercing, because I think in what is today’s world in 2010 there’s a lot of fashion and everybody has piercings, but I from what I can remember the punk were doing their own piercing on their own generally with needles and stuff like this that was not very safe, but that was where it started."-Frederic Torres


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