Time Essay: The Graying of America

In the 1960s the torch was passed from age to youth, but in the 1970s the torch is being handed back again. Youth —the obsession of a few years ago, the hope of some, the fear of others —no longer makes great waves. While the 1969 rock festival at Woodstock was hailed as an epic event of liberated youth, the even bigger 1973 festival at Watkins Glen was considered a casual outing. Between these two festivals youth somehow lost its mystique.

Two years ago, Sociologist John Seeley wrote: "The young are seemingly America's Number...

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