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|Document Type:||Visual material|
|All Authors / Contributors:||MPI Teleproductions.; MPI Home Video (Firm)|
|Language Note:||In English with optional English, Spanish or French subtitles.|
|Notes:||Special feature: Rare bonus newsreels from the 1920s through the 1970s.|
|Credits:||Producers, Marty Callaghan ... [et al.]; writers, Marty Callaghan ... [et al.]; editors, Dmitry Khroustalev, Bernadette Landeros, Chuck Pelini; still images, Corbis Images; moving images, WPA Film Library, Denis Mueller.|
|Description:||1 videodisc (ca. 377 min.) : sd., b&w with col. sequences, double sided ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 index (38 p. )|
|Contents:||Side 2A. The 1950s : promoting the American dream --; The 1960s : a global revolution --
Side 2B. The 1970s : power plays --
The 1980s : a decade of decadence --
The 1990s : America's hard drive.
|Other Titles:||Twentieth century, a moving visual history.|
|Responsibility:||[an MPI Teleproductions presentation].|
The 1950s : promoting the American dream: The U.S. solidifies its position as a world leader, while on the home front; the "traditional family" takes center stage. Milestones include: the arms race between the U.S. and U.S.S.R.; Senator Joseph McCarthy's "witch hunts"; the birth of the Civil Rights movement; the rising influence of television; and Rock 'n Roll and the conservative/religious reaction.
The 1960s : a global revolution: Innocence is lost as America struggles on many levels, not only politically and militarily, but also socially. Milestones include: tensions reach the boiling point between the U.S. and Cuba; the assassinations of four political leaders; the Vietnam War, anti-war demonstrations and the Civil Rights movement; the Space Race; and the hippie culture and the British Invasion.
The 1970s : power plays: As the Vietnam War comes to an end, the Middle East becomes a powder keg and the Nixon Administration collapses. Milestones include: the fall of Saigon; the Watergate Scandal; Americans taken hostage in Iran; home life changes dramatically with easier access to microwaves, fast food and VCRs; and the Disco Revolution.
The 1980s : a decade of decadence: Despite a series of ecological and technical disasters, the booming American economy spawns the catchphrase "greed is good." Milestones include: the Challenger and Exxon Valdez disasters; the shootings of President Reagan, Pope John Paul II, and John Lennon; improved relations between the U.S. and U.S.S.R.; the S&L Scandal and the Iran-Contra Affair; and an exploding market for cell phones, PCs and crack cocaine.
The 1990s : America's hard drive: The world becomes "smaller" in an age of instant access, but some find themselves in an age of information overload. Milestones include: the Persian Gulf War fought with computerized weapons; personal computers, beepers, cell phones and fax machines become commonplace; former communist nations make the difficult change to capitalism; shocking rise of violence and terrorism in the U.S.; athletes led by Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky, Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire become role models in American culture.
- United States -- History -- 20th century.
- United States -- Social life and customs -- 20th century.
- United States -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
- United States -- Economic conditions -- 20th century.
- United States -- Politics and government -- 20th century.
- Nineteen fifties.
- Nineteen sixties.
- Nineteen seventies.
- NIneteen eighties.
- Nineteen nineties.