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Ch 17: CLEP Social Sciences and History: The 1970s in U.S. History

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These engaging video lessons explain the major events of the 1970s in the United States. Each comes with a short quiz to help you test your comprehension of the material.

CLEP Social Sciences and History: The 1970s in U.S. History - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

The United States has seen turbulent times, and the 1970s were no exception. Through these short videos, you will learn about how conflict in the Middle East gave rise to a 1973 oil embargo imposed by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) that had enormous consequences in America and around the world. You'll also discover how that same year, a decision by the Supreme Court on the long-fought Roe v. Wade case would send shockwaves through the country by asserting a woman's right to an abortion. In 1974, only a year later, a sober Gerald Ford would find himself taking the inaugural oath in the wake of Watergate and the collapse of the Nixon presidency. These videos will also examine:

  • Foreign policy ambitions of the Nixon administration
  • The impact of the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade case
  • How illicit espionage against the Democratic National Committee resulted in the Watergate scandal
  • Progressive ideals of the Carter administration
  • The twelve days of secret negotiations that produced the Camp David Accords

Video Objective
Conflict in the Middle East: OPEC's 1970s Oil Embargo & Its Impact Discover the rationale behind the 1970s oil embargo and learn about its impact on the United States.
Foreign Policies of President Nixon: Vietnamization & Détente Study the foreign policy goals of the Nixon administration, with an emphasis on 'Vietnamization' and détente in Southeast Asia.
Supreme Court Case Roe v. Wade: Summary, Decision & Impact on Abortion Read up on the landmark case that legalized abortion in America.
The Watergate Scandal & President Nixon: Investigation & Resignation Learn about the scheme involving a break-in to the Democratic National Committee headquarters that ultimately cost Richard Nixon the presidency.
Gerald Ford: Biography, Presidency & Facts Study the vice president who took over for an ousted Richard Nixon.
Jimmy Carter as President: Election, Foreign Policy & Accomplishments Learn about the highlights of the Carter presidency, including the Camp David Accords.

5 Lessons in Chapter 17: CLEP Social Sciences and History: The 1970s in U.S. History
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Conflict in the Middle East: OPEC's 1970s Oil Embargo & Its Impact

1. 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.

Foreign Policies of President Nixon: Vietnamization & Detente

2. 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

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.

Jimmy Carter as President: Election, Foreign Policy & Accomplishments

5. 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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