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The years from 1975 to 2000 were an exciting time in Tennessee and the United States. 

For Tennessee, economic growth brought increasing opportunities for many residents. Tennessee cities and nearby suburban areas boomed.
Tennessee leaders from this period contributed to their state, nation, and world. They participated in important political changes occurring in the country. Tennesseans like Bill Frist, Howard Baker, and Albert Gore, Jr. shaped politics in state and federal governments.
The ways people lived and worked changed in some dramatic ways. Although computers were invented before this time, they began to have a big influence on people’s everyday lives during these years. Cell phones, video games, personal computers, and the internet became common technologies used by many Tennesseans.  
In the midst of rapid change, Tennesseans honored their past. Statewide celebrations like Homecoming Tennessee in 1986 and the Tennessee Bicentennial in 1996 offered time for remembering the state’s heritage. 
As the state moves forward into the twenty-first century, Tennesseans continue to learn from and treasure their past.

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Picture Credits:
  • Two Fisk University students, Timothy James Walker, a sophomore, and Shanicia Goston, a senior, are shown sitting in the school’s John Hope and Aurelia E. Franklin Library using a laptop computer. Photograph by Andrew McMurtrie, Tennessee State Photographic Services
  • Photograph showing a man and a boy hosing down a horse. This photo was taken in Brentwood, Tennessee, by photographer Robin Hood sometime between 1979 and 1987. Tennessee State Museum Collection, 2000.262.5
  • Photograph of the Knoxville skyline. This photo was taken in 2007 by Nathan Fortner. It shows the Sunsphere constructed for the 1982 World’s Fair to the left and other high-rise buildings on the right.
  • Photograph showing a group of people tailgating at the Titans stadium, then known as Aldelphia Coliseum. This photo was taken in Nashville in 1999. It shows a man grilling while another watches a woman eating barbeque. Eric Parsons, The Tennessean
  • Photograph of Memphis. This photo was taken in 2005 by “Leonard23.” The pyramid arena can be seen in the background on the right.
  • Photograph showing the Spring Hill Homecoming ‘86’ concert. This photo was taken in 1986 in Spring Hill, Tennessee, during the Homecoming ‘86’ celebrations. Tennessee State Museum Collection, 2000.264.21.4
  • Photograph showing the Nashville riverfront at night. This photo was taken in 2009 by photographer “benmarvin.” The AT&T office building, commonly referred to as the “batman building” can be seen on the right.
  • Photograph showing two boys talking on cell phones. One is shown in the forefront while the other is shown sitting on steps in the background. This photo was taken in Nashville at Hume Fogg Academic High School in 2007. Dipti Vaidya, The Tennessean
  • Photograph showing of Lebanon, Tennessee in 1996. It shows a busy street off of I-40. D. Patrick Harding, The Tennessean
  • Photograph of a jazz concert. This photo was taken in 2007 by Terry Ballard in Nashville at the Riverfront Park. It shows musician Kirk Whalum visiting the audience.
  • Photograph of Chattanooga, Tennessee. This photo was taken on July 4, 2009 by photographer Jessica Lezu. It shows fireworks above the Tennessee Aquarium.

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