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The Rise and Fall of the Future

America's Changing Vision of Tomorrow, 1939-1986

Gordon Arnold (author)

ISBN: 9781476677446

Publication Date: Oct 2020

Format: Paperback

Mid-20th century America envisioned a future of comfort, convenience and technological advances. By the 1960s political assassinations, the Civil Rights and Women's Movements, the Vietnam War and the "generation gap" eroded that optimism. Based on a wide range of sources, this book takes a fresh look at this fall from futurism to disillusionment.
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Mid-20th century America envisioned a wondrous future of comfort, convenience and technological advancement. Popular culture--including World's Fairs, science fiction and advertising--fed high hopes even when war and hardship threatened. American ingenuity and consumer culture promised to deliver flying cars, undersea cities, household robots and space travel. By the 1960s political assassinations, the Civil Rights and Women's Movements, the Vietnam War and the "generation gap" eroded that optimism. The nation's utopian dream was brief but revealing. Based on a wide range of sources, this book takes a fresh look at America's precipitous fall from futurism to disillusionment.
Illustrations 28 photos
Pages 210
Dimensions 229 x 152 x 11
Date Published 30 Oct 2020
Publisher McFarland
Subject/s Society & culture: general   History of the Americas   Popular culture   Social forecasting, future studies  
  • Acknowledgments
  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • 1. The World of Tomorrow
  • 2. From War to Renewal
  • 3. A Consumer's Future
  • 4. A New Frontier
  • 5. Peak Future
  • 6. The Specter of Doubt
  • 7. Fading Tomorrows
  • Epilogue
  • Chapter Notes
  • Selected Bibliography
  • Index
Gordon Arnold is professor of liberal arts at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, Massachusetts. He lives in the Boston area.

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