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Ch 11: The 1970s (1969-1979)

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Watch online video lessons and learn about the foreign and domestic issues the U.S. faced in the 1970's. Each lesson is accompanied by a short multiple-choice quiz you can use to check your understanding of these history topics.

The 1970's (1969-1979)

During the 1970's, the U.S. dealt with many crises at home and abroad. The Vietnam War ended, but new problems arose in the Middle East. On the domestic front, societal changes were in full swing, but were overshadowed by the Watergate scandal, which resulted in the president's resignation. By the end of the chapter, you should have an understanding of:

  • American policy in Southeast Asia in the 1970's
  • The OPEC oil embargo and its consequences
  • The Watergate Investigation and Richard Nixon's Resignation
  • The presidencies of Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter
  • The Roe v. Wade decision

Video Objective
Foreign Policies of President Nixon: Vietnamization & Détente Understanding Nixon's challenges and goals, including his strategy to end the war in Vietnam.
Conflict in the Middle East: OPEC's 1970's Oil Embargo & Its Impact Exploring the causes of the embargo and its effect on the U.S.
Supreme Court Case Roe v. Wade: Summary, Decision & Impact on Abortion Examining the decision and its legacy.
The Watergate Scandal & President Nixon: Investigation & Resignation Explaining the scandal that started with a burglary at the Democratic National Committee and ultimately cost the president his position.
Gerald Ford: Biography, Presidency & Facts Learning about the man who completed Nixon's term.
Jimmy Carter as President: Election, Foreign Policy & Accomplishments Exploring Carter's successes and failures, including the Camp David Accords that secured peace between Egypt and Israel.

6 Lessons in Chapter 11: The 1970s (1969-1979)
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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