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Ch 20: America in the 1970s

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Watch American history video lessons and learn about the foreign policies, politics and famous figures of the 1970s. These easy-to-follow lessons are just a portion of our online study guide and video collection.

America in the 1970s - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

This chapter explores the foreign policies of President Nixon, including his Vietnamization. Lessons also turn to the Middle East, examining OPEC's oil embargo and its impact on American citizens. The landmark Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision is also discussed. Later lessons look at the presidencies of Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter. At the end of this chapter, you should be able to understand:

  • The foreign policies of President Nixon
  • The impact of OPEC's oil embargo
  • A summary of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade case
  • The Watergate Scandal and Nixon's subsequent resignation
  • The foreign policy decisions of President Jimmy Carter

Video Objective
Foreign Policies of President Nixon: Vietnamization and Detente Explain the main foreign policies of President Nixon, including Vietnamization and ultimate detente.
Conflict in the Middle East: OPEC's 1970s Oil Embargo and Its Impact Analyze the impact of OPEC's oil embargo of the 1970s.
Supreme Court Case Roe v. Wade: Summary, Decision and Impact on Abortion Provide a summary and analysis of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion.
The Watergate Scandal and President Nixon: Investigation and Resignation Understand the Watergate Scandal and how it led to the resignation of President Nixon.
Gerald Ford: Biography, Presidency and Facts Summarize Gerald Ford's life and important facts about his presidency.
Jimmy Carter as President: Election, Foreign Policy and Accomplishments Explore Jimmy Carter's election to president, his foreign policy and major accomplishments during his term.

6 Lessons in Chapter 20: America in the 1970s
Foreign Policies of President Nixon: Vietnamization & Detente

1. Foreign Policies of President Nixon: Vietnamization & Detente

President Richard Nixon entered office in 1969 with the hope of easing international relations and honorably ending the war in Vietnam. Learn about his various attempts at securing international peace.

Conflict in the Middle East: OPEC's 1970s Oil Embargo & Its Impact

2. Conflict in the Middle East: OPEC's 1970s Oil Embargo & Its Impact

The 1970s represented a period of economic distress in the United States. Learn about one of the major factors, the 1973 oil embargo by OPEC, and its devastating impact on the American economy in this video lesson.

Supreme Court Case Roe v. Wade: Summary, Decision & Impact on Abortion

3. Supreme Court Case Roe v. Wade: Summary, Decision & Impact on Abortion

''Roe v. Wade, 1973'' was the landmark Supreme Court decision in regard to legalized abortion. Learn about the case, the decision and its impact on the United States.

The Watergate Scandal & President Nixon: Investigation & Resignation

4. The Watergate Scandal & President Nixon: Investigation & Resignation

The Watergate Scandal represented President Richard Nixon's wanton abuse of the executive privilege. Learn more about the scandal, those involved, the investigation and Nixon's inevitable resignation.

Gerald Ford: Biography, Presidency & Facts

5. Gerald Ford: Biography, Presidency & Facts

This lesson discusses the life and times of President Gerald Ford. Learn more about his personal and political life on the way to becoming the 38th President of the United States.

Jimmy Carter as President: Election, Foreign Policy & Accomplishments

6. Jimmy Carter as President: Election, Foreign Policy & Accomplishments

President James 'Jimmy' Carter was elected president in 1976. Learn about the 39th President of the United States' foreign and domestic policies, including his successes and failures.

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