Presentation on theme: "The “Me” Decade: Life in the 1970s Chapter 19, section 4 Many Americans were optimistic about moving beyond Watergate and the Vietnam War."— Presentation transcript:
The “Me” Decade: Life in the 1970s Chapter 19, section 4 Many Americans were optimistic about moving beyond Watergate and the Vietnam War.
People sought to cope with what was going on in our nation through, Laughter
Tom Wolfe coined the phrase the “Me” decade to refer to American’s attitude in the 1970s. Popular books of the day: I’m OK, You’re Okay: How to be your own best friend Looking out for #1.
New Age Movements:Zen Yoga Martial Arts Tai chi Crystals
Transcendental Meditation One fad of the day was transcendental meditation – a way to meditate and seek release from the grind of life. The most well known gurus was Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
The Beatles followed him for a while, which made it even more popular.
Changing family dynamic: One of the most significant cultural changes of the day was the changing role of women – 60% of women between the ages of 16 and 24 joined the workforce. In the Work force: 1970 – 1980 Women between the ages of were the largest annual percentage of growth in the workforce.
The impact of the more women in the workforce: Lower birth rates Children spending less time with their parents – babysitters, latch-key kids Increased divorce rate.
Television: TV began to portray women in a different light, more modern, less traditional roles. Independent Single mothers Mary Tyler Moore show - single women, making it successfully in the workforce.
More uncomfortable “issues” were dealt with on television. Topics like: Abortion Racism Poverty The ground breaking sitcom to deal with many of these issues with a funny “in-your- face” approach was All in the Family.
Spin-offs from All in the Family
Music Hard Rock Barry Manilow John Denver The Eagles Jackson Five The Bee Gees
Fashion and Fads Personalized Messages on T-shirts