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70s Culture

Many changes, events, and attitudes defined the 1970s. In fact, 70s culture was – by the end of the decade – far different than that of the previous decade, when the hippie culture dominated the scene, especially in the United States.

One change that made a huge impact on 70s culture was the growth of women’s rights. As the 60s became the 70s, women were making their way out of the kitchen and into the workplace.

Of course, there have always been women that work for a living, but in the 70s it began to be “okay” for wives and moms to distribute responsibility for their home and family to others while they went out and made some extra bucks, money that helped pay for the houses and cars that were growing in size and cost.

But even though mothers were heading out to work each morning, the family unit was still an essential element of 70s culture, though what the family looked like certainly began to change. The divorce rate began to skyrocket towards the end of the decade.

Technology entered the picture in the 1970s as well and affected the way people spent their leisure time. Americans of all ages were awed by new-fangled video games that first appeared at arcades and then invaded the house, hooked up to the family television. If you had an Atari game and/or one of those new home computers, like the TRS-80 from Radio Shack, you were cool!

Music was also a huge part of 70s culture. The Rock and Roll genre that took the 60s by storm continued to burgeon and had a great influence on the youth of the decade. All sorts of Rock sub-genres emerged and much of it had adults shaking their heads and wondering what would become of their kids if they kept listening to this loud music with the undistinguishable lyrics.

And at the end of the decade, young adults found a new kind of music and a new way to have fun. Disco music prompted the opening of hundreds of dance clubs around the country, even in small towns but especially in large U.S. cities. Though disco music would disappear by the end of the decade, it would have a huge impact on many aspects of life in the 70s including movies and fashion.

But regardless of the changes, people of the 70s pretty much wanted the same thing as those who came before – a happy life. Perhaps, however, they tried a little harder to get it, protesting wars and promoting peace both within the U.S. and with their neighbors around the world.

People became free thinkers, questioning government and demanding that their voices be heard. Citizens were more likely to speak out against the status quo and were also more self-aware, a culture recognized by author Tom Wolfe, who eventually dubbed the 70s the “Me Decade”.

70s Culture
70s Life - How life in the 70s was changing during the 70s.
People in the 1970s - What peoples life was like in the 70s.
1970s Magazines - People enjoyed reading their favorite magazines in the 70s.
1970s Economy - History events that effected the economy in the 1970s.
1976 Bicentennial - The 200th birthday in Americas History.
Popular in the 70s - The 70s Fads that were popular in the decade.
70s Cameras - Cool Old Fashioned Camera in the 1970s.
1970s Timeline
Cars in the 1970s
1970s Station Wagon - A popular 70s car, the station wagons of the 1970s decade.
1970s Van - If you didn’t have a car in the 70s, you might have had a 1970s customized van.
70s Sports
Football in the 70s - Football became a televised sport in the 1970s, Notable names in 1970s football.
Basketball in the 70s - The very popular growing sport in the 70s - basketball.
70s Men
70s Mustaches - Very popular fad for men in the 70s was Mustaches.
What did men wear in the 70s? - The different styles and trends of 70s fashion for men.
70s Home
1970s Kitchens - The 70s kitchen decor were colorful and interesting spaces.
70s Living Room - Living room trends of the 70s, modern and earth tones in furniture,
1970s Telephone - 1970s Telephones were even cool home 70s decor
`1970s Computer - Remembering the computers in the 1970s
70s Colors - Bright colors were popular in the 70s, from 70s decor, furniture to fashion.
70s Fads
Cb Radios - A 70s fad, the popular Cb radio.
8 Track Players - Portable music, the 8 track player 70s fad.
Pet Rocks - Remembering the cool pet rocks in the 1970s, the pet rock fad in the 70s.
Mood Rings - Popular jewelry fad of the 70s, The mood ring was a must have 70s fad.
70s Fun
70s Lingo - Popular Lingo / Slang Terms from the 70s.
CB Radio Lingo - The lingos Cbs used in the 70s
70s Trivia - Test your knowledge about the 70s, fun trivia questions.
70s Dances - The dances in the 70s.
70s Games
1970s Board Games - Fun 70s games, popular 1970s board games.
1970s Pinball Machines - Pinball Machines were a very popular and cool 70s game at the arcades.