The latest creation in American Girl's series of dolls from different eras in American History is Julie...from the ancient era of 1974.
Julie wears a peasant blouse, bell-bottom jeans, a macrame belt, and platform sandals.
Julie's friend is Ivy, a Chinese-American girl.
Julie experiences her parents' divorce (that's a new one for American Girls), the ecology movement, the end of the Vietnam era, and the Bicentennial.
Given that the dolls and books are otherwise very wholesome and family friendly, I'm frankly not wild about the choice to introduce divorce into the American Girl equation. This was perhaps calculated to give those children who have been through the experience a doll to which they can relate, but I'd prefer the dolls to represent the ideal of an intact family, as a positive example to girls, than have them reading and thinking about the sad experiences of a child of divorce. Learning about other aspects of a given doll's historical era, such as the Depression or WWII, seems quite sufficient.
In any event, it's just a bit strange to have one's childhood years suddenly considered "history"!