Nostalgia isn’t What it Used to Be

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The beginning:
Nostalgia isn’t What it Used to Be
According to Stephanie
Coontz
, some 38$ of people in a survey are nostalgic for the good old days of the 1950’s. One has to wonder why. War raged in Korea. School children had A-bomb drills. Most television stations went off the air after the Ten or Eleven
O’Clock
news. Civil Rights was still a dream. Negro baseball players were still verbally assaulted, even by some of their teammates.
“Family values” was not a political benchmark. In fact, according to Koontz article, many of today’s adults don’t feel that their parents and grandparents had it made: “When Judith
Wallerstein
recently interviewed 100 spouses in ‘happy’ marriages, she found that only five ‘wanted a marriage like their parents’” (
Coontz...
The end:
.....rd "feminist" as an insult. Even worse, the percentage of working women who believe that a career is as important as being a wife and mother has fallen a dramatic 23% since the 1970s” (Jarvis 2005
para
. 10). Looking backward becomes a social crutch for those who are unhappy with the present. The 1950s are, and should remain, a distant- if not unpleasant- memory.
References:
Coontz
, S. (1997): The Way We Really Are: Coming To Terms
With America's Changing Families New York: Basic Books
Jarvis, G. (2005): “Nostalgia” accessed June 6, 2009 on
www.lewrockwell.com/jarvis/jarvis85.html -
Schlumpf
, H. (2009): “Does U.S. culture really care about
'family values'?” Kansas City MO: National Catholic
Reporter May 1, 2009. Vol. 45,
Iss
. 14; pg. 19,