Although the 1970s may seem like a quiet decade compared to the 1960s, it was actually a time of violence and political unrest. It was also a decade of positive changes and many firsts. For example, the decade marked the first time both an African-American woman and a Jewish woman were elected to Congress. Three major cities elected their first African-American mayors. It was the first time human beings saw what the surface of Mars looked like when the Viking mission sent back digital pictures, and it was also the first time a U.S. president resigned from office.
This volume guides readers through a time when the country was emerging from one of the most turbulent decades in its history. Chapter-by-chapter coverage, enhanced by more than 100 photographs, explains the major events, people, and cultural changes of the time. Pull-out quotations and facts combine with a glossary, further reading list, and index to make this accessible volume the perfect choice for young readers.
- The presidencies of Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, and Jimmy Carter
- The end of the Vietnam War
- Thurgood Marshall's appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court
- The women's movement
- Roe v. Wade
- The creation of Saturday Night Live
- Howard Cosell hosting ABC's Monday Night Football
Black-and-white photographs and illustrations. Glossary. Further reading. Box features. Index.
About the Author(s)
Bree Burns is a writer and editor who holds a B.S. in liberal arts from New Paltz, State University of New York and is enrolled in the communications/media arts program at Purchase College , State University of New York. She is the author of Harriet Tubman and the Fight Against Slavery and Sitting Bull and Other Legendary Native American Chiefs. A contributing editor to the New York Public Library Desk Reference, she is president of DBsessions LLC, a New York technology firm, and writes articles and proposals focusing on the creative applications of design and technology.