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Decade of nightmares : the end of the sixties and the making of eighties America

Author: Philip Jenkins
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, ©2006.
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Drawing on a wide array of sources--including tabloid journalism, popular fiction, movies, and television shows--Philip Jenkins argues that a remarkable confluence of panics, scares, and a few genuine threats created a climate of fear that led to the conservative reaction. He identifies 1975 to 1986 as the watershed years. During this time, he says, there was a sharp increase in perceived threats to our security at  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Jenkins, Philip, 1952-
Decade of nightmares.
New York : Oxford University Press, ©2006
(DLC) 2005020159
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Philip Jenkins
ISBN: 0195178661 9780195178661 9780198039723 0198039727 1280845325 9781280845321
OCLC Number: 144618742
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (344 pages)
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: Mainstreaming the 1960s --
Going too far --
Against the grain --
The politics of children --
Predators --
Captive America : 1980 --
Into the Reagan era --
Evil empires --
Dark victories --
The abuse epidemic --
Wars without end.
Responsibility: Philip Jenkins.

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Drawing on a wide array of sources--including tabloid journalism, popular fiction, movies, and television shows--Philip Jenkins argues that a remarkable confluence of panics, scares, and a few genuine threats created a climate of fear that led to the conservative reaction. He identifies 1975 to 1986 as the watershed years. During this time, he says, there was a sharp increase in perceived threats to our security at home and abroad. At home, America seemed to be threatened by monstrous criminals--serial killers, child abusers, Satanic cults, and predatory drug dealers, to name just a few. On the international scene, we were confronted by the Soviet Union and its evil empire, by OPEC with its stranglehold on global oil, by the Ayatollahs who made hostages of our diplomats in Iran. Increasingly, these dangers began to be described in terms of moral evil. Rejecting the radicalism of the '60s, which many saw as the source of the crisis, Americans adopted a more pessimistic interpretation of human behavior, which harked back to much older themes in American culture. This simpler but darker vision ultimately brought us Ronald Reagan and the ascendancy of the political Right, which more than two decades later shows no sign of loosening its grip.--from publisher description.

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