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  • Author Jamiya Scott
  • Published November 16, 2020
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Blast from the Past: 1970s Article

The 1970s has been marked in history for being one of the grooviest time periods known to man. Best known for Bell bottoms and the rise of disco, but during this time there was also a rise of cultural change, different social norms, economic and political struggles, and the innovation of new technology.

The 70s decade was very much a continuation of the late 1960s. The crusade for social justice prevailed. Activist were fighting to gain equality for African Americans, women, the LGBT community, and other marginalized groups. Many of the protest during this time were peaceful, it was only after Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968 people began to riot.

Many people would best describe the 70s as A time to be alive . These were simpler times when kids played in the streets all day, the neighborhood were like a big family, and people interacted and spent time face to face. Without the advanced technology we have today, people had no choice, but to talk and spend time together. During this time, Baby Boomers unquestionably tested the waters not only with fighting for equality and social justice but normalized latest trends such as men wearing platform shoes, tight shirts, and short shorts without it being thought of as unmasculine. Women were able to wear what they pleased without being sexualized.

The 70s also marked the start of this first economic crisis since the Great Depression. After the

The 70s also marked the start of this first economic crisis since the Great Depression. After the

Deborah Rush, a New Jersey native, describes having to sleep on the floor during the riots because bullets would bounce off her house. We family couldn't leave the house except to go to work and even then we couldn't leave until national guard checked our vehicles

The 70s birthed some of the modern technology used today. One of the most popular inventions was the Sony Walkman, which was a portable cassette player so you could listen to your choice of music in private. Another interesting invention was the Apple computer. Of course, it was not as advanced as people have today, but it was the beginning of technological evolution and nonface to face interaction besides the telephone.

The 70s birthed some of the modern technology used today. One of the most popular inventions was the Sony Walkman, which was a portable cassette player so you could listen to your choice of music in private. Another interesting invention was the Apple computer. Of course, it was not as advanced as people have today, but it was the beginning of technological evolution and nonface to face interaction besides the telephone.

Vietnam war, the economy began to wane due to paying the cost of war, competing with international forces, and the decline of manufacturing jobs. Unemployment also began to rise, and the people went into a period of stagflation. President Nixon tried to resolve this issue by decreasing the value of a US dollar, and declared wage and price freezes. When President Nixon came into office in 1968, he immediately dismantling the welfare of the states. He opposed mandatory desegregation of schools, and diminished many parts of former president, Lyndon Johnson s, war on poverty. Although, Nixon did have some positive reforms such as government assistance for families, it was overlooked. He undermined the faith Americans had in a good

honest government.

Jamiya Scott, 22

Senior

Claflin University

Major: Mass Communication

Concentration: Journalism

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