Thursday, October 18, 2007


There is a comments thread below that morphed into a topic I always find fascinating: Break up the American experience in modern times into coherent blocks of years that can be grouped together under one zeitgeist -- roughly the way we mean when we talk about "the sixties" or "the seventies." In the middle of it, I threw down this gauntlet:

1947-1956 = "true fifties"
1957-1964 "early sixties"
1965-1974 "late sixties"*
1975-1980 "seventies"

The '80s and '90s seemed to obey the calendar pretty well.

* specifically, to the day Nixon quit.

Those who have advanced that commets conversation since then are invited to repeat themselves here. Thosse who weren't aware this was going on are invited to dive in.