Essay on The 1960 's : Rebellion, Recession, And Relief
Ever since war began in the 1700’s, the United States has created an extraordinary history. A past that included battle, set backs, and reconstruction. This would change America forever. My family has continuously been apart of war dating back to 1914. I chose to write my Oral History assignment about the 1970’s. While focusing on the Vietnam War, this time period was quite eventful. The 1970’s were a fearful, influential, and revolutionary time that had a lasting effect on the U.S.
The person I chose to interview for this project is my Dad, Mark Berns. He was born in 1959 near the end of the World War II baby boom. My Dad grew up in Morton Grove, Illinois, which is a suburb of Chicago. His family was apart of the upper-middle class whose parents voted Republican. All family members were healthy and he was always happy with his life. Overall, the Berns were a typical white, suburban family who lived a privileged lifestyle.
Life for my Dad in the 70’s was high school/college age, which was wild. This decade ranged from the Vietnam War, massive protests against war, and hippies to disco music. He encountered different types of people in high school, mainly greasers, whom he was deathly afraid of in the halls. This was a time to figure out your place. My Dad recalls seeing segregated bathrooms while on a vacation in the South. Along with the Kent State shootings and major college protests. To sum up political views of the 70’s, my…