History Rocks

Season 1 Episode 2

The 70's

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The 70's
Like the 1960s, the 1970s was an era of self-expression. Women, African-Americans, Native Americans, Hispanic-Americans, gays and lesbians and others continued to fight for political rights, but almost more importantly, they began to build self-reliant, self-sustaining communities. At the same time, the ongoing war in Vietnam and the Watergate scandal demonstrated to many Americans that the government was corrupt and even criminal, and at any rate was completely disconnected from their interests and concerns. By the end of the decade, many were so frustrated by the turn American public life had taken that they withdrew from it altogether. They embraced popular fads and joined community organizations that did not require them to depend on the government's good intentions or good decisions.moreless
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