The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
Gil Scott-Heron’s 1970 poem and song—“The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”—expressed Black rage as well as criticized consumerism and the Nixon presidency. His phrase is also an apt phrase to characterize the uniqueness of the Seventies. To some, the decade merely filled the gap between the idealistic Sixties and the shallow “Big Eighties.” However, a reassessment of the Seventies yields a different story: consider the contributions of the anti-war movement to ending the Vietnam War. As well, the period saw the evolution of Black Power, Feminism (including Title IX legislation), Gay Liberation, the American Indian Movement, and Disability Rights activism. Language laws in French-speaking Canada sparked a cultural renaissance in Québec and New Brunswick. Women’s reproductive rights in both countries were established. Earth Day was born. So, too, was the microprocessor. Free agency revolutionized labor-management relations in baseball and other sports. In hockey, the 1972 Canada-Soviet Union Summit Series became the stuff of sport legend and promoted the sport as Canada’s national game. In introducing students to primary and secondary sources—including music and film—from this decade, they will be encouraged to take up a research question that investigates how the Seventies influenced subsequent generations, including their own.