Happy Days Wonder Years, Ch. 3-4

How did the 50s and 60s fit into Reagan’s narrative of the recent past?

According to the author why was Reagan’s invoking of themes, people, and images of the 1920-50s so important?

How did Reagan’s Hollywood career and work with corporations in the 1940s and 50s influence his politics?

In what way did the 50s mark a reversal in demographic and cultural trends of 20th century US? Why is this significant?

According to the author how was Reagan actually part of and connected to the problems of the 60s?

What is the author’s point of how conservatives used privatism/individualism to overcome the collectivist trends of the New Deal, WWII and 60s?
How did those who voted for Reagan reflect the nostalgia and anti-60s sensibilities of conservatives?


Ch. 4
How does the author explain the number of 60s films produced in the 1980s?

How did media or popular culture’s handling of the Vietnam war change and evolve from late 70s through the 80s?

How did TV and film deal with the Civil Rights movement in the 80s?

How did TV and film handle the aging baby boomers in the 80s?