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View Poll Results: What do you think was the best decade in America?
Before 1910's and Before 18 6.00%
1920's 17 5.67%
1930's 5 1.67%
1940's 9 3.00%
1950's 89 29.67%
1960's 40 13.33%
1970's 17 5.67%
1980's 39 13.00%
1990's 56 18.67%
2000's 10 3.33%
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Old 06-13-2008, 09:38 PM
 
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Default What do you think was the best decade in America?

I would have to say the 1950's. I like the music, the styles, the economy, THE CARS, the safety, and family values from that era.

The only things I don't like from that time are the racism and the subservient roles women had to endure.

Imagine everything from the 1950's combined with today's tolerance. It would be amazing!
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Old 06-16-2008, 12:07 PM
 
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I'd say the 80's as the most fun time. Primarily because it was when I graduated from high school and went to college. Then the real world hits you. Before you realive that the only thing worse than not getting everything that you thought you wanted is getting it and it still not being enough.
As far as the best time, I'd say now. It's the only time that we can do something about.
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Old 06-16-2008, 12:47 PM
 
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I'd say the 80's as the most fun time. Primarily because it was when I graduated from high school and went to college. Then the real world hits you. Before you realive that the only thing worse than not getting everything that you thought you wanted is getting it and it still not being enough.
As far as the best time, I'd say now. It's the only time that we can do something about.
How true, John Guess I'd go for now, too!!
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Old 06-16-2008, 01:03 PM
 
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Probably the 90s for several reasons.

1) The collapse of the Soviet Union as a geopolitical threat.
2) The political stalemate between the Republicans and the Democrats meant neither band of thugs got the upper hand, so they had to compromise on everything. That meant neither group had the opportunity to wreck the economy.
3) Aside from that little dustup in Kuwait, there were no major American wars.
4) The economy, taking advantage of the productivity gains of the 1980s and the possibilities of the Internet, really took off.
5) I married my wife.
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Old 06-16-2008, 01:47 PM
 
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I would take the simplicity of the 50's, but combine it with today's advances in medicine.
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Old 06-16-2008, 08:24 PM
 
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The 40's, it laid the ground work for our current nation and laid the roof on what our nation really is, though the boomers (and their kids) are slowly, at a faster pace, chipping all of that progress away.
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Old 06-16-2008, 08:41 PM
 
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I was a kid in the 1950's. A kid could go anywhere in the city I lived in with no problems.School was the safest place a kid could be.Life wasn't as easy as today but we didn't know that.Families spent more time together altho often they worked more than now and harder.There were no gangs and I remember that people thought that the movie;Blackboard Jungle about schools in new york city was pure fiction.I agree with historians that after 1968 things went downhill and have never recovered really.
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Old 06-17-2008, 09:12 AM
 
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The problem that I have with this halcyon view of the 1950s is that while for whitebread America, it was a great time, it was still a time of oppression and endemic racism for blacks and other minorities. So if you had a cosseted suburban existence it was great. For the rest of American? Eh.
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Old 06-17-2008, 10:02 AM
 
Location: Florida's Beaches
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I always thought the 1920's was the bst decade in America. Coming out of the early stages Industrial Revolution and seeing all the new advances coming out at the time i.e. Air Planes, Autos, Radio, Movies with sound, Appliances like the Hair Dryer and Toaster etc.. from people like Westinghouse, Tesla and Edison for a few.

Look at the Sexuality of men and women as it was totally open as i see the women (Flappers) looked and dressed like 80's Icons Pat Benatar and Madonna where they wore short skirts and sleeveless tops and modeled in the nude They smoked Pot and snorted Cocaine and drank like a fish and danced and partied away. Even in many public places like theaters where Blacks and Whites intermingled with no racial problems.

Even good o'l Kool Aid was created in the 20's.

Anyway that's a few examples of that decade......
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Old 06-17-2008, 06:06 PM
 
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The problem that I have with this halcyon view of the 1950s is that while for whitebread America, it was a great time, it was still a time of oppression and endemic racism for blacks and other minorities. So if you had a cosseted suburban existence it was great. For the rest of American? Eh.
I agree about minority oppression during this time (I mentioned it as one of my few dislikes from this decade). But during the 1950's, extreme urban blight was not that common and cities were still livable. Drugs weren't as rampant either. I'm from NJ and one of our worst cities is Newark. During this time, it was still a great and vibrant city.
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