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  1. The Origins of the “Seventies” • The Election of ’68 & the origins of the ’70s • Richard M. Nixon & the politics of Vietnam • The “Silent Majority” speech (Nov. 3, 1969) • Kevin Philips & the “Southern Strategy” • Sweet Home Alabama • Okie from Muskogee

  2. Vietnam & the Seventies • “changing the color of the corpses”: Troop withdrawals & domestic politics • The “secret plan,” Congress & the money • The invasion of Cambodia • Kent State, May, 1970 • Ohio • Henry Kissinger, Le Duc Tho and “Peace with Honor” in Vietnam

  3. Nixon’s Foreign Policy • The End of the Vietnam War? • POW/MIA • The Cold War & Global unrest • Détente • The China Game

  4. Watergate & American Political Culture • The Watergate Break-in • CREEP: The Committee to Re-Elect the President • Nixon Resigns (1974)

  5. Domestic Politics in the ‘70s • The Women’s Movement • Betty Freidan, The Feminine Mystique • Women’s Liberation • Gloria Steinem: “a women needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle” • The “feminization of poverty” • Roe vs. Wade & Reproductive Rights

  6. The Environmental Movement • The Environmental Movement • Silent Spring, 1962 • The EPA, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, • Earth Day, 1970 • Water Pollution Control Act (1972) • Endangered Species Act (1973) • Three Mile Island

  7. Civil Rights & the Politics of Race • “Urban Renewal” vs. “white flight”: the Ghetto • Whitey on the Moon • Winter in America • The Jefferson’s: “Movin’ on Up” vs. Inner-City Blues

  8. “Good Times” in the Ghetto • Good Times. Any time you meet a payment. Good Times. Any time you need a friend. Good Times. Any time you're out from under. Not getting hassled, not getting hustled. Keepin' your head above water, making a wave when you can. Temporary lay offs. Good Times. Easy credit rip offs. Good Times. Scratchin' and surviving. Good Times. Hangin in a chow line. Good Times. Ain't we lucky we got 'em. Good Times.

  9. The Rise of the “New Right” • The “rustbelt” vs. the “sunbelt” • Demographic & Political change • The Anti Politics Machine: “big government,” “tax & spend,” “creeping socialism,” & Bussing • Phyllis Schlafly & The Eagle Forum The ERA as the end of American civilization • The “New Right” Think Tanks: • The Scaif Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, the Cato Institute, the Hoover Institute, the American Enterprise Institute, etc. • The Religious Revival (?) • Pat Robertson, Jim & Tammy Faye Bakker, Jerry Fallwell, Jimmy Swaggart, et al.

  10. The ’70s & Malaise • The Election of Jimmy Carter • On Domestic Policy • OPEC, the Oil Embargo & the energy crisis, October, 1973… • The economy: the dilemma of Stagflation • On Foreign Policy • The Iranian Revolution • Ayatollah Khomeini

  11. US Trade Balance