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Author Martin, Bradford D., 1966-

Title The other eighties : a secret history of America in the age of Reagan / Bradford Martin.

Published New York : Hill and Wang, 2011.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  973.927 MART    AVAILABLE
Edition 1st ed.
Physical description xix, 242 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 195-225) and index.
Contents Calling to halt : the nuclear freeze campaign -- The Central American solidarity movement : opposing secret wars in 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.
Summary In this Engaging New 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 decades. 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. --
Martin paints an indelible portrait of these and other influential but often overlooked movements: from on-the-ground efforts to constrain the administration's aggressive Latin American policy and stave off a possible Nicaraguan war, to mock shanties constructed on college campuses to shed light on corporate Americas role in supporting the apartheid regime in South Africa. He gives us a clearer, richer perspective on a turbulent decade in American life. --Book Jacket.
Subject Reagan, Ronald -- Adversaries.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1981-1989.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1989-1993.
Variant Title Other 80s.
Standard Number 3456997
ISBN 9780809074617 (hc)
0809074613 (hc)