Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-xiv

More than most works, this was a very personal project, for I am a child of the seventies. For much of my youth, I fought that admission, preferring to think of myself as a sixties person. But while my early adolescence might have been shaped by love beads and Jefferson Airplane, I...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-13

This is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius,” announced the famous song of 1960s possibilities from the popular rock musical Hair (1967). Pundits, commentators, promoters, and advertisers, knowing a marketable concept when they heard it...

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1. I Feel the Earth Move: Redefining Love and Sex

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pp. 14-43

Like many other Americans her age, singer-songwriter Carole King grew up expecting one kind of life and living another. Born in Brooklyn in 1941, she was groomed for marriage and motherhood, milestones she reached in a less than socially...

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2. The Look I Want to Know Better: Style and the New Man

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pp. 44-74

Before we see Tony Manero’s (John Travolta’s) face in the 1977 film Saturday Night Fever, we see his shoes. As the sound track starts up (“Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees), the camera zooms from the elevated subway tracks to the sidewalk. On the sidewalk...

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3. You’re Gonna Make It After All: The Mary Tyler Moore Show Helps Redefine Family

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pp. 75-105

Filming the iconic moment at the end of The Mary Tyler Moore Show’s opening credits, the one where the lead character flings her beret into the air, did not begin auspiciously. It was unusually cold for February, even for Minneapolis, where the show was...

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4. Different Strokes for Different Folks: Roots, Family, and History

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pp. 106-136

Like the rest of the country, G. B. Trudeau, the creator of Doonesbury, the au courant newspaper comic strip, got caught up in the popular frenzy that followed the broadcast of the miniseries based on author Alex Haley’s best-selling book, Roots, in...

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5. Obviously Queer: Gay-Themed Television, the Remaking of Sexual Identity, and the Family V-alues Backlash

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pp. 137-166

One evening in 1971, President Richard Nixon settled in to watch television and stumbled upon a new program airing its fifth episode, All in the Family, a detail that survives thanks to the White House tapes. On this evening...

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6. Don’t Drink the Kool-Aid: The Jonestown Tragedy, the Press, and the New American Sensibility

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pp. 167-198

On Thanksgiving Day 1978, my parents hosted dinner at their home in the San Francisco Bay Area. What everyone expected to be an ordinary multigenerational family gathering turned into a wake of sorts when, several days...

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Conclusions: Free to Be, You and Me

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pp. 199-204

For much of our history, Americans believed in the unique greatness of our country, its inevitable progress, and its democratic institutions. Our government made us strong; our technological inventiveness made us rich; and our willingness to serve...

Notes

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pp. 205-236

Bibliography

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pp. 237-248

Index

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pp. 249-259