Seascape Historical Context

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Family Life

In the 1970s, American society was ill transition, undergoing radical changes in a number of areas including family life. The 1970s were known as the "me" decade; people were passive and self-absorbed, concerned primarily with their own personal happiness and self-fulfillment During this era, the divorce rate rose, and there were more nontraditional families because of divorce and remarriage Another prominent aspect of this time period was the "empty nest syndrome" Children who left home at the age of eighteen to attend college did not return after graduation. Because there were no children in the home, many mothers felt loss Women's lives changed. Some entered the workforce or continued their own education; others did volunteer work.

Women and Feminism

As women's role in the home changed, so did their role In society. Some historians consider the burgeoning feminist movement of the 1970s as one of the...

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