Dating life 1980s
When Ronald Reagan left office in 1989, he had the highest approval rating of any president since Franklin Roosevelt. In some respects, the popular culture of the 1980s reflected the era’s political conservatism.
For many people, the symbol of the decade was the “yuppie”: a baby boomer with a college education, a well-paying job and expensive taste.
It appealed to a diverse assortment of Americans, including evangelical Christians; anti-tax crusaders; advocates of deregulation and smaller markets; advocates of a more powerful American presence abroad; disaffected white liberals; and defenders of an unrestricted free market.
At the beginning of the decade, as the Cold War showed no signs of warming, arms control advocates argued for a “nuclear freeze” agreement between the United States and the Soviet Union.
The resulting economic growth would “trickle down” to everyone.
Businesses closed, families lost their homes and farmers lost their land.In 1982, almost a million people rallied in support of the freeze in New York City’s Central Park.Many historians believe this was the largest mass demonstration in American history.Many people derided yuppies for being self-centered and materialistic, and surveys of young urban professionals across the country showed that they were, indeed, more concerned with making money and buying consumer goods than their parents and grandparents had been.However, in some ways yuppiedom was less shallow and superficial than it appeared.