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Domestically everyone had a special interest; Black Power was a more radicalized extension of the Civil Rights movement. Women’s Lib, which gained momentum a decade earlier with the introduction of The Pill, became a tidal wave in the Equal Rights fight. School bussing and desegregation that had divided the South in the 60s were now spilling over into upper middle-class neighborhoods in the North. The country was in its worst economic slump since the Great Depression. Gas stations ran out of gas as the result of the OPEC nations curtailing supplies to the US. Wages were low, unemployment was high and for the first time since the end of WWII there was a pervasive feeling that America had lost its luster. To escape the distractions, or perhaps to highlight them, the entertainment industry found itself in a state of flux. TV shows like “All in the Family” brought the fears and foibles of the white working class to the forefront while “Happy Days” ignored the problems all together and transported us back to the Halcyon days of the Fabulous Fifties when American was enjoying it’s strongest economic period and the nuclear family still ruled the roost.

MOVIES *tickets average $2.00. 1970 – Patton, Airport, M*A*S*H, 1971 – Billy Jack, Diamonds are Forever, Shaft, The French Connection 1972 – The Godfather, Cabaret, Fritz the Cat, Lady Sings the Blues

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