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70s Disco Fashion, Mini Dress, Maxi, Platform Soled Shoes __ Good overview of fashions of the 1970s.  Links to resources about fashion in other decades too. - illustrated - From fashion-era.com - http://www.fashion-era.com/1970s.htm


1970s __ "In the Western world, social progressive values that began in the 1960s, such as increasing political awareness and political and economic liberty of women, continued to grow. The hippie culture, which started in the latter half of the 1960s, waned by the early 1970s and faded towards the middle part of the decade,..."  You will find an encyclopedic article with links to related materials. - illustrated - From Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1970s


1970s Magazine Covers - a set on Flickr __ Gallery of click-to-enlarge photos of magazine covers from the 1970s. - illustrated - From NC State Alumni Association -  http://www.flickr.com/photos/ncstatealumni/sets/72157623154273133/


The 1970's __ "So, you're looking for information on the 1970's. Well, you've hit the jackpot. Picture yourself in bellbottoms, platform shoes, a white disco suit, and a seat belt 'cause we're goin' on a ride back to the 1970's."  Annotated timeline, articles, trivia, additional resources and more. - From kyrene.org - http://www.kyrene.org/schools/brisas/sunda/decade/1970.htm


The 1970s and America's Crisis of Confidence __ Learn how energy, political and economic change along with many other factors created this national emotional downturn during the 70s - From University of Colorado at Boulder - http://www.colorado.edu/AmStudies/lewis/2010/anxiety.htm


The 1970s — History.com Articles, Video, Pictures and Facts __ Overview and a great resource for things 1970 through '79. - illustrated - From history.com - http://www.history.com/topics/1970s


1970sFlashback - American History Time Line __ Year by year highlights of the 70s. - From 1970sflashback.com - http://www.1970sflashback.com/1970/news.asp




1970s Timeline - History Timeline of the 1970s __ Annotated timeline of important dates and events. - From about.com - http://history1900s.about.com/od/timelines/tp/1970timeline.htm 

Accident at Three Mile Island __ You will find a report by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission presenting a summary of events, health effects, impacts, and a glossary. - From US Nuclear Regulatory Commission - http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/fact-sheets/3mile-isle.html


African American History and Women - Timeline 1970-1979 __ Annotated timeline. - From about.com - http://womenshistory.about.com/od/aframwomentimeline/a/aaw1970_time.htm


American History - 1970-1979 __ "The chaotic events of the 60's, including war and social change, seemed destined to continue in the 70's. Major trends included a growing disillusionment of government, advances in civil rights, increased influence of the women's movement, ..."  A good overview with lots of resources. - From kclibrary.lonestar.edu - http://kclibrary.lonestar.edu/decade70.html


The American Spectator : That '70s Horror Show __ Article about the American economics of the 70s. - From spectator.org - http://spectator.org/archives/2009/03/16/that-70s-horror-show


America's Best History U.S. Timeline, 1970-1979 __ Well annotated timeline for the decade. - From americasbesthistory.com - http://americasbesthistory.com/abhtimeline1970.html


America's Only Peacetime Inflation: The 1970s __ "The 1970s were America’s only peacetime inflation: the only time when uncertainty about prices made every business decision a speculation on monetary policy."  You will find a detailed overview, charts and more.  A PDF file, Acrobat Reader needed. - illustrated - From J. Bradford De Long - http://www.j-bradford-delong.net/pdf_files/peacetime_inflation.pdf    

Cinema History:The 1970s-Era of Cynicism, Disenchantment... __ A history and overview of 1970s films. - From Robert E. Yahnke - http://www.tc.umn.edu/~yahnk001/film/cinema7.htm 

DeeT's 70s Page __ You will find a collection of links to culture and history of the Seventies Decade. - From prohosting.com - http://dt.prohosting.com/70s/


Funny! 1970s American cars - damning review __ A tongue-in-cheek video about American cars of the late 1970s. - video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjzpx_jUUA0


A History of American Agriculture: 1970 __ Agricultural timeline for the 70s. - From agclassroom.org - http://www.agclassroom.org/gan/timeline/1970.htm




The Inflation of the 1970s __ "The 1970s were America's only peacetime inflation: the only time when uncertainty about prices made every business decision a speculation on monetary policy. In magnitude, the total increase in the price level as a result of the sustained spurt in peacetime inflation to the five-to-ten percent per year range in the 1970s was as large as the jumps in the price level as a result of the major wars of this century." You will find a good article with graphs. - From University of California at Berkeley - http://econ161.berkeley.edu/Econ_Articles/theinflationofthes.html 

Kent State forever linked with Vietnam War era __ "Some people, from today's students to yesterday's protesters to historians, believe the Kent State shootings helped turn the tide against the Vietnam War more than any other single event, and that the shift in attitude helped save lives." - illustrated - From CNN - http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/views/y/2000/04/tuchman.kentstate.may4/index.html


Love Canal __ A brief overview of this ecological disaster. - From NPL - http://www.epa.gov/superfund/sites/npl/nar180.htm


The New Historiographic Consensus on the 1970s __ "Whereas Peter Carroll cheekily titled his classic 1982 account of 1970s America It Seemed Like Nothing Happened, the emergent historiographic consensus on that decade not only claims that, in fact, “something happened,...”  A good look at the '70s and what some have written about it. - From us-intellectual-history.blogspot.com - http://us-intellectual-history.blogspot.com/2011/04/new-historiographic-consensus-on-1970s.html


The Rockefeller Foundation - History: 1970 - 1979  __ 1970s timeline for that organization.  They did some interesting things. - From rockfound.org - http://www.rockfound.org/about_us/history/1970_1979.shtml


The Seventies (Energy Urgency) __ Read an essay about the Seventies from the point of view of the Nuclear Energy Industry. - From Oak Ridge National Laboratory - http://www.ornl.gov/info/swords/seventies.html


Timeline of the 1970s, Major Events of the Seventies __ Click on any of the 'year' links to go to a timeline of events for that particular year. - From inthe70s.com - http://www.inthe70s.com/timeline.shtml  



The Watergate Decade __ You will find a photographic essay on the Seventies which focusing on the "Watergate" debacle that resulted in the resignation of President Nixon in 1974.  Photos of the 1970s - illustrated - From musarium.com - http://www.musarium.com/watergate.html


US History: Politics of the 1970's __ A political history of the 1970s.  Small white print on a blue background makes it rather difficult to read. - From elcoushistory.tripod.com - http://elcoushistory.tripod.com/politics1970.html


The Way We Were: Life Magazine Photos Of Women In The 1970s __ A brief article and annotated gallery of click-to-enlarge photos of the 1970s. - illustrated - From jezebel.com - http://jezebel.com/5108801/the-way-we-were-life-magazine-photos-of-women-in-the-1970s 


Why the 1970s Are Still Haunting Us Today __ "Those were the days: Economic upheavals wiped out long-established institutions and jolted self-satisfied elites. Terrorists declared war on the West in the name of eccentric utopias. New technologies collapsed geographical distance, bringing far-flung regions closer together and undermining the power of the traditional nation-state."  1970s or 2011?  You might be surprised. - illustrated - From foreignpolicy.com - http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2010/05/31/oh_that_seventies_feeling 


WWW-VL: History: United States History: 1970-1979 __ You will find articles and resources galore. - From vlib.iue.it - http://vlib.iue.it/history/USA/ERAS/20TH/1970s.html  


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