Treatment from a best selling book on the state of America today as compared with America in the 70's.

 

“SUPER POWER: FORTY YEARS ON"

              Peter Shillingford   ufindshill@btinternet.com 

A COMPARISON OF AMERICA OF THE 70’S

TO THE PRESENT DAY

 FROM

 ROBERT HARGREAVES BOOK

The proposal is for a multi-part series of stand-alone programs dealing with the various aspects of power in the United States. Based on Robert Hargreaves 1974 book “SUPER POWER” published by St. Martins Press, New York, and Hodder & Stoughton, London.

The series will range across the entire United States, covering every aspect of the nation’s life in the 1970’s and comparing it with the state of the nation today; environmental and social, economic and industrial, political and military.

A wide variety of visual material will be incorporated in each part of the series and the pace would be fast, informative and colourful, with a strong accent on the development and examination of important personalities in each field.

The series would be introduced by a personality, well known on both sides of the Atlantic, with voice-over commentary and interview material used in each segment.

The series would have limited amounts of library film, studio images and graphics when necessary to set out the historical and factual background to a particular episode. 

Cooperation and the provision of facilities can be expected in each field.

The series should begin with the section on environment to introduce the viewer to the geography and enormous diversity of the United States.

The following chapter headings as titles show the depth and power this series will have.  

SKYSCRAPER POWER

An examination of the major cities in America. New York. Chicago. Los AngelesSan Francisco. Boston. New Orleans.

CORN POWER

The Mid-West corn belt. Over production. Farmers and croppers.

MOB POWER

The Mafia. Capone on.   The Families. The Godfathers. Drugs.  Prostitution. Gambling.

POLITICAL POWER

The difference between Republicans andDemocrats. Congress.  The Senate. Filibustering.

NEW IMPROVED POWER

Madison Avenue.   Radio. TV. Billboards. Press. The Mass Media. Marshall McLuan. Dr. Dichter.

YOUNG POWER

Students. Campus riots. Universities. Harvard. Hippies. Pop music. Manson. Yale. Radcliffe and Vassar. Berkeley.

WOMAN’S POWER

Woman’s Lib. Equality at work. In the home.   Percentage woman and their investment on Wall Street. Role of American male.

POLICE POWER

FBI. Hoover legacy. Pigs. Brutality. Corruption. Hollywood version.

HOLY POWER

Jesus Cult. Mormons. Elmer Gantry. Krishna Consciousness. Klu Klux Klan. Forest Lawn. New Orleans jazz funerals. Electronic church.

Forward by the author Robert Hargreaves.

“Like Topsy, this is a book that ‘jest growed.’ It began, in a sense, as a by- product of my assignment as correspondent in America for the British news program “News At Ten,” assignments that have taken me, during the past 4 years to almost every state in the Union, there to report on news events as varied as political politics and the Apollo Moon Missions, racial desegregation in the Deep South, the discovery of oil on the northern shore of Alaska, the Manson murder trail in Los Angeles And the unfolding drama of the Watergate affair.

At first, these events would not seem to have a common theme. How can an outsider from Europe’s offshore island possibly hope to make sense of a county so vast? A people so diverse, a society so contradictory as that of the United States. One is enviably overwhelmed by the sheer size and scope of the place. Only later did that realization come to all these events. And many others I have covered in my assignment here, are each, in their own particular way, a part of the modern American experience. The book that has grown from them is an attempt to bring the themes together into a coherent whole.

The organization of the book is at once personal and arbitrary. I have tried, in the earlier chapters to suggest something of the diversity of the United States, to get around the country geographically, to point up the contrasts between New York and Los Angeles; between the ethos of the automobile town of Detroit and the oil sate of Texas; between the life of the farmers of the Great Plains and the Chicano field workers who pick crops in the Central Valley of California; and to deal only later with the great national institutions and common social issues of the times.

My approach to all of them is of that as a journalist; I am not an historian, or a philosopher, or any sort of ideologue…just a reporter. It is America treated as news. In each of the chapters that follow, I have tried to seek out the aspects of American life that are, in this broad sense, newsworthy; those that in some way illuminate the contemporary American dilemma...It has, in many ways, been an exhilarating experience. For a journalist from overseas, the United States is the best news beat in the world, a tour of duty here is one of the most rewarding experiences of a lifetime”.

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