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Ch 41: The US in the 1970s & 1980s

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Explore this chapter for an overview of U.S. history during the 1970s and 1980s. Inside the chapter, you'll find simple lessons and quizzes that offer you a quick and simple way to prepare for tests and boost your history knowledge.

The US in the 1970s & 1980s - Chapter Summary

This self-paced history chapter explores U.S. history throughout the 1970s and 1980s. As you progress through this series of bite-sized lessons, you'll explore the presidencies of Nixon, Carter, Reagan and Bush. Our instructors will also help you analyze important historical topics from these decades, including the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court case and the War of Poverty. By the end of the chapter, you should be able to:

  • Evaluate Nixon's foreign policies related to Vietnamization and détente
  • Understand how Roe v. Wade impacted the issue of abortion in the U.S.
  • Describe the Paris Peace Accords from 1973
  • Assess Jimmy Carter's election, foreign policy and presidential accomplishments
  • Evaluate statistics regarding the War on Poverty
  • Compare Ronald Reagan's and George H.W. Bush's foreign policies

Our instructors teach each lesson in an engaging and concise manner. This simplified instructional approach helps you quickly review and remember important history terms, concepts, dates, figures and events. Supplement your studying experience with the chapter's self-assessment quizzes and lesson transcripts. You can also revisit the lessons as many times as needed, and our instructors will be happy to assist you if you have any questions about this period in U.S. history.

7 Lessons in Chapter 41: The US in the 1970s & 1980s
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.

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

2. 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 Paris Peace Accords in 1973: Nixon, Kissinger & North Vietnam

3. The Paris Peace Accords in 1973: Nixon, Kissinger & North Vietnam

It was a long and daunting journey toward the signing of the Paris Peace Accords in 1973. Learn about the history of the negotiations between the United States and North Vietnam, as well as the final outcome, in this lesson.

Jimmy Carter as President: Election, Foreign Policy & Accomplishments

4. 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.

The War on Poverty: Definition, Programs & Statistics

5. The War on Poverty: Definition, Programs & Statistics

In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared the War on Poverty. Read this lesson to learn more about how this 'war' was waged and whether it was successful, then test your knowledge with a quiz.

President Ronald Reagan's Foreign Policy

6. President Ronald Reagan's Foreign Policy

President Ronald Reagan's foreign policy was an aggressive attempt to renew the Cold War with the Soviet Union. Learn about the policies, actions and results of Reagan's foreign policy in this lesson.

President George H.W. Bush: Foreign Policy

7. President George H.W. Bush: Foreign Policy

President George H.W. Bush's foreign policy was a pragmatic blend of diplomacy and force. Learn more about Bush's international affairs during his tenure as President of the United States.

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