Not That Seventies Show

This course will offer students an opportunity to consider this pivotal decade in ways that go beyond the nostalgia, attention to fashion, and comic situations of the popular television sitcom. Using historical documents, including the popular literature, films, and television shows of the era, as well as scholarship in the areas of cultural and political history, students will engage in an in depth exploration of the impact of this decade on the lives of Americans. We will consider such issues as: the Vietnam War, Watergate, the oil crisis, the Iranian hostage crisis, as well as activism and changing attitudes regarding gender, race, sex, family life, and religion.