Other Eighties A Secret History of America in the Age of Reagan

ISBN-10: 0809074591
ISBN-13: 9780809074594
Edition: 2012
Authors: Bradford Martin
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Description: In this engaging book, Bradford Martin illuminates a different 1980s than many remember—one whose history has been buried under the celebratory narrative of conservative ascendancy. Ronald Reagan looms large in most accounts of the period,  More...

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List price: $19.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 3/13/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.924

In this engaging book, Bradford Martin illuminates a different 1980s than many remember—one whose history has been buried under the celebratory narrative of conservative ascendancy. Ronald Reagan looms large in most accounts of the period, encouraging Americans to renounce the activist and liberal politics of the 1960s and ’70s and embrace the resurgent conservative wave. But a closer look reveals that a sizable swath of Americans strongly disapproved of Reagan’s policies throughout his presidency. With a weakened Democratic Party scurrying for the political center, many expressed their dissatisfaction outside electoral politics. Unlike the civil rights and Vietnam-era protesters, activists of the 1980s often found themselves on the defensive, struggling to preserve the hard-won victories of the previous era. Their successes, then, were not in ushering in a new era of progressive reforms but in effecting change in areas from professional life to popular culture, while beating back an even more forceful political shift to the right.

Preface
Calling to Halt: The Nuclear Freeze Campaign
The Central America Solidarity Movement: Opposing Secret Wars in the Backyard
"Unsightly Huts": Shanties and the Divestment Movement
Popular Culture and the Culture Wars
Noise from Underground: Post-Punk Music, Culture, and Politics
Fighting the Power: The Response of African American Politics and Culture
Fighting the Backlash: The Many Paths of Feminism
The Shock Troops of Direct Action: ACT UP Confronts the AIDS Crisis
Epilogue: The Other Eighties in the Age of Obama
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index

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