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Vietnam and the Rise of the New Right. Legacy of the 1960s. Liberal reforms But conservative ascendancy R eaction to: feminism integration h ippies a nti-war. The Age of Nixon. Wins 1968 Appeals to “Silent Majority” Promises to end war with “secret plan”. War Drags On.

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legacy of the 1960s
Legacy of the 1960s
  • Liberal reforms
  • But conservative ascendancy
  • Reaction to:
    • feminism
    • integration
    • hippies
    • anti-war
the age of nixon
The Age of Nixon
  • Wins 1968
  • Appeals to “Silent Majority”
  • Promises to end war with “secret plan”
war drags on
War Drags On
  • US tries to prevent Communist takeover since 1964
  • Stiff resistance from N. Vietnamese, i.e. Viet Cong
  • No exit strategy
the problem
The Problem
  • N. Vietnamese fighting war for independence
  • US relies more on air power
  • S. Vietnamese corrupt, lack commitment
the end
The End
  • Nixon tries to find way out
  • Americans leave 1973-5
  • Death toll:
    • 1-3 million Vietnamese
    • 58,220 Americans
war exposes rift
War Exposes Rift
  • Conservatives: war critics are unpatriotic
  • “Acid, amnesty, and abortion”
  • Nixon wins 1972 landslide
1970s malaise
1970s Malaise
  • Inflation
  • High gas prices
  • Unemployment
  • Wounded national confidence
watergate
Watergate
  • Revealed after 1972 election
  • Extensive campaign of “dirty tricks”
  • Burglary of Watergate Hotel
impact
Impact
  • 1974: Nixon forced to resign
  • Dems benefit from GOP unpopularity
  • But scandal deepens skepticism toward gov’t
america s soul searching
America’s Soul-Searching
  • 1976: Jimmy Carter, GA Gov., becomes prez
  • Promises return to honest gov’t
  • But beset by crises
iran hostage crisis
Iran Hostage Crisis
  • 1979: Revolutionaries seize Americans
  • Carter’s rescue mission bungled
  • Big embarrassment
big picture
Big Picture
  • America looks weak
  • Conservatives want return to traditional values and military strength
  • Rise of Ronald Reagan
the perfect storm
The Perfect Storm
  • Conservatives fight ERA, gay rights, sex ed
  • Idea of moral decline
  • Bad economy and foreign policy failures