A MODEL FOR DECIPHERING THE LESSONS OF THE DEC STORY
As we have seen, DEC was a coat of many colors, and there are many ways the DEC story could be told. In order to bring out the cultural dynamics that are the central part of the story, I will discuss DEC’s founding and early history, its rise and peak years, and its decline and death. However, I will not present the story the way a historian would, with many dates and details. Two other books have provided such a historical perspective (Pearson 1992; Rifkin and Harrar 1988). Rather, the emphasis will be on the cultural eras and critical periods that highlight major trends and that enable us to begin to see why those trends were developing.