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America in the 1980s

The 1980s were years of excess and achievement, of economic turmoil for some, and economic advancement for others. The decade is often associated with greed, conspicuous consumption, and a return to "tradition… (See Below for Full Description)
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The 1980s were years of excess and achievement, of economic turmoil for some, and economic advancement for others. The decade is often associated with greed, conspicuous consumption, and a return to "traditional" values and social norms. The rich got richer, the poor got poorer, and the chasm between the "haves" and the "have-nots" grew even larger. Yuppies were the most obvious examples of conspicuous consumption, driving luxury cars, taking exotic vacations, and buying gourmet groceries. Thanks to the prevalence of mergers, acquisitions, and buy-outs, big business grew even bigger, and the major players in the business world played even harder.

America in the 1980s provides an engaging account of the important people, events, and trends of this time. Monumental changes such as how the Soviet Union went from being an "evil empire" to an ally and how the wall that separated East and West Berlin came down are detailed, as well as other events. More than 100 photographs, pull-out quotations and facts, a glossary, further reading list, and an index round out this concise, accessible reference.

Coverage includes:
  • The end of Jimmy Carter's presidency, the presidency of Ronald Reagan, and the beginning of George H. W. Bush's presidency
  • The retirement of Muhammad Ali
  • The debut of MTV
  • The identification of and initial fight against AIDS
  • The eruption of Mount Saint Helens
  • The advent of the PC
  • The Iran-Contra affair
  • The explosion of the space shuttle Challenger.

Additional Info

ISBN-13 978-0-8160-5644-6
ISBN-10 816056447
eBook ISBN 978-1-4381-1864-2
Bundle Options Individual
Language English
Publisher Infobase Learning
From the Series Decades of American History
Author Michele L. Camardella
Publication Date 10/1/2005
Book's Binding Hardcover
Imprint Facts On File
Specifications Black-and-white photographs and illustrations. Glossary. Further reading. Box features. Index.
Available Formats Print & eBook

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