It seemed that no one ever noticed, but throughout the social smoke and political haze generated by the turbulence of the 1960s, the material condition of most Americans improved immensely. The same decade that spawned campus turmoil, riots in the streets, and the Vietnam war also produced for the average American consumer an unprecedented increase in real income. During this time the United States and the world as a whole were blessed with abnormally good weather, and food production made gains each year. Americans found the percentage of their income that went for food on the decline.
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