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10 th american history unit vi looking toward the future

10th American HistoryUnit VI – Looking Toward the Future

Chapter 21 – A Search for Order

Section 2 – Carter’s Presidency

Carter s presidency
Carter’s Presidency

  • The Main Idea

  • Jimmy Carter used his reputation for honesty to win the presidency in 1976, but he soon met challenges that required other qualities as well.

  • Reading Focus

  • What were some of the difficult domestic challenges facing Carter and the nation in the late 1970s?

  • What were Carter’s greatest foreign-policy triumphs and challenges?

  • How did international crises affect Carter’s presidency?

Facts about this decade
FACTS about this decade.

  • Population: 204,879,000 Unemployed in 1970: 4,088,000 National Debt: $382 billion Average salary: $7,564 Food prices: milk, 33 cents a qt.; bread, 24 cents a loaf; round steak, $1.30 a pound Life Expectancy: Male, 67.1; Female, 74.8

  • Watergate forced a president to resign or be impeached.

  • SALT I, the first series of Strategic Arms Limitation Talks, extended from November 1969 to May 1972. During that period the United States and the Soviet Union negotiated the first agreements to place limits and restraints on some of their central and most important armaments.


  • Mood rings, lava lamps, Rubik's cube, Sea Monkeys, smiley face stickers, and pet rocks all captured the imagination of Americans during this decade. The wildest fad surely was streaking nude through very public places! Families vacationed in station wagons and everyone wanted an RV.


  • The men sported shoulder length hair.

  • Non-traditional clothing became the rage, including bellbottom pants, hip huggers, colorful patches, hot pants, platform shoes, earth shoes, clogs, T-shirts, and gypsy dresses. Knits and denims were the fabrics of choice.

  • Leisure suits for men became commonplace, and women were fashionable in everything from ankle-length grandmother dresses to hot pants and micro-miniskirts.

  • The movie Annie Hall (1977) even inspired a fashion trend with women sporting traditional men's clothing such as derby hats, tweed jackets, and neckties worn with baggy pants or skirts.

The movies
The movies

  • The Seventies was the decade of the big comeback for the movies. After years of box office erosion caused by the popularity of television, a combination of blockbuster movies and new technologies such as Panavision and Dolby sound brought the masses back to the movies. The sci-fi adventure and spectacular special effects of George Lucas's Star Wars made it one of the highest grossing films ever.

  • Disaster movies, Towering Inferno, Earthquake, Poseidon Adventure, and Airport.

  • Sylvester Stallone's Rocky reaffirmed the American dream and gave people a hero with a "little guy comes out on top" plot.

  • The Godfather spawned multiple sequels.

  • There also was the terror of Steven Spielberg's Jaws, the chilling Exorcist, and the moving Kramer vs. Kramer.

  • There was a definite public yearning for simpler, more innocent times as evidenced by the popularity of the movies, American Graffiti and Grease, which both presented a romanticized view of the Fifties. Saturday Night Fever with John Travolta fueled the "disco fever" already sweeping the music and dance club scenes; and t

  • The nation's experience in the Vietnam War and its aftermath influenced the themes of several movies, including Coming Home, The Deer Hunter, and Apocalypse Now.

Television and the movies
Television and the movies

  • All in the Family which had plots on many controversial issues such as abortion, race, and homosexuality.

  • Saturday Night Live also satirized topics and people once thought of as off limits for such treatment, such as sex and religion. Nothing was considered sacred.

  • Television satellite news broadcasts from the frontlines of the conflict in Vietnam continued to bring the horrors of war into the homes of millions of Americans and intensified anti-war sentiment in the country.

  • TV miniseries Roots fostered an interest in genealogy, a greater appreciation of whites for the plight of blacks, and an increased interest in African American history.

  • Happy Days, which followed the lives of a group of fifties-era teenagers, was TV's primary nod to nostalgia, while The Brady Bunch comically presented the contemporary family.

  • The relatively new publicly funded Corporation for Public Broadcasting gained viewers and stature with such fare as Sesame Street for children, and live broadcasts of the Senate Watergate hearings.


  • The floppy disc appeared in 1970, and the next year Intel introduced the microprocessor, the "computer on a chip."

  • Apollo 17, the last manned craft to the moon, brought back 250 samples of rock and soil. Unmanned space probes explored the moon, Jupiter, Mars, Saturn, Uranus, and Venus.

  • The U.S. Apollo 18 and the USSR's Soyuz 19 linked up in space to conduct joint experiments.

  • Atari produced the first low-priced integrated circuit TV games, and the videocassette recorder (VCR) changed home entertainment forever.

  • Jumbo jets revolutionized commercial flight, doubling passenger capacity and increasing flight range to 6,000 miles.

  • The neutron bomb, which destroys living beings but leaves buildings intact, was developed.

  • In medicine, ultrasound diagnostic techniques were developed. The sites of DNA production on genes were discovered, and the fledging research in genetic engineering was halted pending development of safer techniques. The first test tube baby was born, developed from an artificially inseminated egg implanted in the mother's womb.


  • Pop music splintered into a multitude of styles: soft-rock, hard rock, country rock, folk rock, punk rock, shock rock -­ and

  • The dance craze of the decade, disco!

  • Among the top names in popular music were Aerosmith, the Bee Gees, David Bowie, Jackson Browne, Alice Cooper, Eagles, Electric Light Orchestra, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Fleetwood Mac, Billy Joel, Elton John, Led Zeppelin, John Lennon, Pink Floyd, Bob Seger, Bruce Springsteen, Rod Stewart,Three Dog Night, and The Who.

  • "Easy listening" regained popularity with groups such as the Carpenters, and Bob Marley gained a huge core of fans in the U.S. performing Jamaican reggae music.

  • This decade saw the breakup of the Beatles and the death of Elvis Presley, robbing rock of two major influences.

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CB Radio Jimmy Hoffa, the Concorde, Muscle Cars, Munich and Video Games- 18:03

  • http://www.history.com/minisite.do?content_type=Minisite_Video_Clips&content_type_id=54486&display_order=1&mini_id=54488

Oil embargo
Oil Embargo Video Games- 18:03

  • October 17, 1973, when Arab members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), in the midst of the Yom Kippur War, announced that they would no longer ship petroleum to nations that had supported Israel in its conflict with Egypt—that is, to the United States and its allies in Western Europe.

  • At around the same time, OPEC-member states agreed to use their leverage over the world price-setting mechanism for oil to quadruple world oil prices

Jim jones and the peoples temple
Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple. Video Games- 18:03

  • The charismatic leader of Jonestown, was Jim Jones, a preacher who set up the Peoples Temple in San Francisco and ultimately moved his followers to a more clandestine site in Guyana.

  • While Jones was preaching in San Francisco, he helped out many local and even national campaigns and was seen as a healer which much power in the community.

  • However, once he had all of his members in Jonestown, his personality changed. Away from the constraints of American soil, Jonestown and its members became very cultish.

  • In 1978, 913 followers of Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple committed a mass suicide in northern Guyana at a site called, Jonestown. After making all 276 children at Jonestown drink the punch, all the adults proceeded. In the end, after Jones apparently killed himself with a gunshot to the head.

Patty hearst and the sla
Patty Hearst and the SLA Video Games- 18:03

  • SLA was an American paramilitary group and was a proponent of radical ideology. Members of the group were accused and convicted of committing murders, bank robberies, and acts of violence between 1973 and 1975. Even though they never had more than 13 members, they became the top ongoing media story during their underground fugitive period. More than anything else, this was generated by their spectacular kidnapping of wealthy media heiress Patty Hearst, making them household names. On Feb. 4, 1974, the SLA carried out its most notorious crime — the kidnapping of 19-year-old newspaper heiress Patricia Campbell Hearst, the granddaughter of publisher William Randolph Hearst and an art history major at Berkeley, it was a national media event.

  • A SLA communiqué to a local newspaper said the group had "served an arrest warrant" on Hearst, daughter of the "corporate enemy of the people.”

  • SLA's first demand: that every poor person in California be given $70 in free food.The estimated cost of such a food distribution would be $400 million. Instead a food donation program was set that provided $2 million in food.

  • The SLA robbed a Hibernia Bank branch in San Francisco. Two surveillance cameras captured Hearst carrying a carbine and shouting orders at terrified bank customers. Two bystanders were shot during the robbery, which netted the SLA $10,692.Urban Guerilla or Brainwashed? It seemed to all that she had become more and more sympathetic with the aims of the SLA and eventually joined the group, taking part in their illegal activities, including bank robberies.

  • When she went on trial for bank robbery, she claimed the SLA had brainwashed her into believing the FBI would kill her if she tried to return to her parents. A jury rejected Hearst's claim and she spent two years in prison before President Carter commuted her sentence.

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Jonestown- 3:24 Video Games- 18:03

  • http://www.history.com/videos/jonestown-massacre#jonestown-massacre

Apollo missions
Apollo Missions Video Games- 18:03

  • Apollo 12 was launched at 11:22:00 a.m. EST on November 14, 1969. The mission plan called for a landing in the Oceanus Procellarum (Ocean of Storms) area. Survey of the area, collect samples; experiments; photographs

  • Apollo 13 was launched at 2:13:00 p.m. EST on April 11, 1970. None of the primary misson objectives was accomplished. The mission was aborted after nearly 56 hours of flight

  • The Apollo 14 Mission, was launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on January 31, 1971. To explore, collect scientific data and material.

  • The Apollo 15 Mission- explore over longer ranges, more hours and more equipment.

  • The Apollo 16 Mission- explore over longer ranges, more hours (20) and more equipment and a lunar rover-27 kilometers.

  • The Apollo 17 Mission- the last of the Apollo missions. Awesome midnight launch its flawless operation, its 72-hour lunar staytime, its deployment of scientific instrumentation, its return of the richest collection of lunar materials from any lunar site, its orbital science coverage.

Jimmy Carter [01:49] Video Games- 18:03

President jimmy carter
President Jimmy Carter Video Games- 18:03

  • 39th President- 1977-1981 - Democrat

  • Who was Jimmy Carter?

  • Foreign Problems

    • Human Rights

    • Russians + SALT II

    • Panama Canal Treaties (2)

    • Developed Nations and Underdeveloped Nations

    • Middle East- Arabs (PLO) v. Israel

    • Camp David Accords - Peace Treaty 1976

    • Hostages in Iran

    • Nicaragua and the Sandanistas

    • Soviets Invade Afghanistan and the Olympic Boycott.

Carter faces domestic challenges
Carter Faces Domestic Challenges Video Games- 18:03

  • Jimmy Carter came across as an honest man of deep religious faith who promised not to lie to the American people.

  • Carter immediately tried to help the nation heal some of the wounds of the past.

    • Ex. He issued a pardon to thousands of Vietnam War draft dodgers.

  • Carter tackled problems in the economy and with energy.

  • Finally, Carter tried to deal with environmental issues.

President jimmy carter1
President Jimmy Carter Video Games- 18:03

  • Domestic Problems

    • Failed to work closely with Dem. Congress Social Security- paying out more than taking in. Taxes were raised.

    • Congress blocked energy, electoral reform, and welfare reform

    • Special Interests

    • Inflation

    • Energy Problems

    • Environment; coal ; nuclear power

    • Energy Crisis

Challenges facing the nation

The Economy and Energy Video Games- 18:03

Inflation and unemployment were high.

Carter made the development of a national energy policy a priority.

Wanted to ease dependence on foreign oil through energy conservation, developing new energy supplies, and loosening government regulation of the American oil industry

Asked Americans to conserve energy

Promoted the development of alternative energy sources

The Impact

The economy added many new jobs to help battle unemployment.

Carter was unable to bring down inflation, in fact, it got worse.

Carter’s energy policies were successful at helping reduce American dependence on foreign oil.

American production of energy increased under Carter.

Challenges Facing the Nation

Environmental concerns

Environmental Wins Video Games- 18:03

Believed that conserving fuel was a key way to avoid plundering the environment

Passed the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act

The act protected more than 100 million acres of land and doubled the size of the nation’s park and wildlife refuge system.

Environmental Losses

In 1979 a mishap at a nuclear power plant on Three Mile Island terrified the nation.

Although little radiation was released, public concern about the safety of nuclear power grew.

Chemicals that a company dumped in New York began to seep up through the ground at Love Canal and were linked to high rates of birth defects.

Experts warned that there were likely many more toxic waste sites around the nation.

Environmental Concerns

Environment Video Games- 18:03

  • What is Love Canal? Simply put, it is an incomplete canal, or just a trench, built in western New York state in the 1890s. From the 1930s through the 1950s, it was used as a chemical waste dump. The surrounding land was then sold and used for residential purposes, and soon people began complaining about strange odors and possible health problems. Since the late 1970s, many studies have been done to ascertain whether any health problems can be traced to the waste dumped into Love Canal.

  • Three Mile Island Nuclear Plant is just outside Harrisburg, Penn.

  • A failed valve, and a miss reading by a worker caused the reactor to be exposed and radiation to escape. No deaths or illnesses. 1/2 hour away from a meltdown.

Changing world
Changing World Video Games- 18:03

  • Two Worlds- East and West- US and USSR

  • Third World- nations in Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa who were not attached to either East or West. (Non-aligned)

  • Developed Nations- industrialized nations

  • Developing nations-

    • Underdeveloped poorer nations looking for help.

    • 2/3 of world’s population

    • Useful allies, raw materials, and profitable trade.

    • How to win them over???

Challenges facing the nation1
Challenges Facing the Nation Video Games- 18:03

  • What were some of the difficult domestic challenges facing President Carter and the nation in the late 1970’s?

  • Recall – What did America know of President Carter when he came to office?

  • Summarize – What steps did President Carter take to solve the energy problem?

  • Make inferences – What was the significance of President Carter’s promise to never lie to Americans?

Challenges facing the nation2
Challenges Facing the Nation Video Games- 18:03

  • Recall – What two environmental disasters occurred during the Carter administration?

  • Make inferences – What was the significance of the discovery of chemical seepage at Love Canal?

Carter s foreign policy
Carter’s Foreign Policy Video Games- 18:03

  • Carter came to office with little foreign-policy experience.

  • Carter promised that the concept of human rights would be at the forefront of his foreign policy.

  • Carter worked to strengthen ties between the United States and the Soviet Union and China.

  • Carter gave control of the Panama Canal back to Panama.

  • Carter helped Egypt and Israel deal with some of the divisions that caused conflicts between their countries.

Panama canal treaties
Panama Canal Treaties Video Games- 18:03

  • Why-

    • The U.S. had been in control of Canal since 1903 and could be forever.

    • Riots in Panama demanding control of canal, the biggest industry in Panama.

    • Panamanian Dictator Omar Torrijos threatened to blow up the canal if the U.S. didn't get out.

  • 1st Treaty

    • U.S. hands over Canal to Panama on Dec. 31, 1999

  • 2nd Treaty

    • Canal to be neutral waterway

    • U.S. has permanent right to protect and defend that neutrality.

Nicaragua 1979
Nicaragua 1979 Video Games- 18:03

  • Dictator Anastasio Somoza is overthrown by Marxist rebels. (U.S. had helped his father get control)

  • US recognizes the rebel government hoping to work with it to keep the Communists from setting up another base of operations.

  • The rebels- The Sandinistas, named after the resistance leader Cesar Augusto Sandino, started their struggle in Nicaragua in 1962. In the seventies this culminated in a civil war against the government of President Somoza, the third president of the Somoza dynasty since 1933.

  • Sandanistas, were not willing to work with the U.S.

Carter s foreign policy1
Carter’s Foreign Policy Video Games- 18:03

  • Human Rights

  • Basic ideas outlined in the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights

  • Carter expected friends and enemies alike to uphold the highest standards in the treatment of their citizens.

  • Soviet Relations

  • Carter wrote to Brezhnev about his concerns with Soviet human rights issues.

  • Brezhnev politely said that each country should mind their own business.

  • Concluded SALT II talks in 1979 that limited nuclear weapons

  • Recognizing China

  • Formally recognized the government of the Communist People’s Republic of China

  • Ended recognition of the Republic of China on Taiwan

Issue of human rights
Issue of Human Rights Video Games- 18:03

  • Carter took a bold stand on Human Rights.

  • By praising Russian dissidents (Sakarov) he angered the Russian government.

  • He cut aid to Ethiopia, Argentina, and Brazil because of human rights violations.

  • Critics felt Carter needed to be more behind the scenes rather than so public.

Dealing with russia
Dealing with Russia Video Games- 18:03

  • SALT- Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty

  • SALT I- about to expire

  • SALT II- Carter has a broad plan for limitation.

    • Carter admits the US is more powerful and the Russia should fear this. (Cruise missile for ex.)

    • He backed off on Russia human rights violations.

    • June 1979- SALT II is signed.

    • However due to increased suspicion about Russian intentions the Senate never approved the treaty. It did not become law.

Carter s foreign policy2

Panama Canal Video Games- 18:03

American control of the Panama Canal had been a source of conflict between the two countries.

In 1977 Carter and Panama’s leader agreed that Panama would take control of the canal by the end of 1999.

The Senate narrowly approved the treaties.

For some Americans, loss of control of the canal represented a decline in American power.

Camp David Accords

Greatest foreign-policy achievement

Conflict between Egypt and Israel continued. Egypt would not recognize Israel and Israel continued to occupy Egyptian territory.

Carter guided Anwar el-Sadat and Menachem Begin to a historic agreement that came to be called the Camp David Accords.

Begin and Sadat won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979.

Carter’s Foreign Policy

Camp david accords
Camp David Accords Video Games- 18:03

  • Camp David Accords- 1977

    • Anwar Sadat- new President of Egypt- wants peace with Israel.

    • Prime Minister Menachem Begin of Israel

    • President Jimmy Carter of U.S.A

    • All three meet at Camp David, the presidential retreat.

    • Sept. 17. 1978 peace agreement reached.

    • Other Arab nation objected and said Egypt acts alone. Arabs put a economic boycott on Egypt.

Carter s foreign policy3
Carter’s Foreign Policy Video Games- 18:03

  • What were Carter’s greatest foreign-policy triumphs and challenges?

  • Identify – What was SALT II?

  • Make inferences – What was the significance of Carter’s appointment of Andrew Young as U.S. Ambassador?

  • Evaluate – in what ways did President Carter’s commitment to human rights help and hurt him?

Carter s foreign policy4
Carter’s Foreign Policy Video Games- 18:03

  • Describe – What were the key features of the Camp David Accords?

  • Summarize – What was the general American reaction to the Panama Canal Treaty?

  • Develop – What does it mean when one country refuses to recognize another?

How did international crises affect carter s presidency
How did international crises affect Carter’s presidency? Video Games- 18:03

In 1979 a series of events occurred that seemed to overwhelm Carter’s presidency.

In 1979 the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan.

On November 4, 1979, a mob attacked the American embassy in Tehran, Iran’s capital, and took several dozen Americans hostage.

International crises

Afghanistan Video Games- 18:03

Soviets invaded Afghanistan to ensure continued Communist rule in the country.

The attack threatened U.S.-Soviet relations and called into question Carter’s ability to respond to Soviet aggression.

Carter blocked shipment of grain to the Soviet Union and said the United States would boycott the 1980 Olympics.

Americans did not like the grain embargo or the Olympic boycott because they seemed to hurt the United States as much as the Soviet Union.


Revolution in Iran overthrew the shah and replaced him with the Ayatollah Ruholla Khomeini.

The American government allowed the shah to enter the United States for medical treatment—this action enraged many Iranians.

A mob attacked the U.S. embassy in Tehran and took Americans hostage.

Carter’s attempts to negotiate the release of the hostages went nowhere.

A military attempt to rescue the hostages failed.

International Crises

Soviets invade afghanistan
Soviets Invade Afghanistan Video Games- 18:03

  • The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan was a 10-year war fought between the Soviet Red Army, Afghan, and foreign fighters in Afghanistan. The 'shooting' war is generally held to have started December 24, 1979. Soviet troops ultimately withdrew from the area between May 15, 1988 and February 2, 1989. The Soviet Union officially announced that all of its troops had left Afghanistan on February 15.

  • The CIA invested US$2.1 billion over a 10-year period to create an anti-Soviet resistance.

  • USSR- 15,000 Killed,53,000 Wounded

  • Afghanistan- 90,000 Killed, 90,000 Wounded, Roughly 1.3 Million Civilian deaths.

  • One of these benefactors of the war was Osama bin Laden

  • Resistance fighters, called mujahidin, saw the Christian or atheist Soviets controlling Afghanistan as a defilement of Islam as well as of their traditional culture. Proclaiming a "jihad"(holy war), they gained the support of the Islamic world. The US gave them weapons and money. The mujahidin employed guerrilla tactics against the Soviets.

  • U.S stops grain sales to USSR and boycotts Moscow Olympics.

Soviet invasion of afghanistan 1979
Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan- 1979 Video Games- 18:03

  • U.S. embargoes grain sales and technology, and culture exchanges to USSR.

  • U.S. and 61 other nations boycott the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow

  • The Soviet stay in Afghanistan until April 14, 1988- Soviet Vietnam.

Iran and the united states
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  • Shah of Iran

    • Improved education

    • Women’s rights

    • Improved public health

    • U.S. ally

    • but was a dictator, corrupt, and used torture to westernize

  • Islamic revolution

    • Overthrew the Shah. Shah goes to US for Cancer treatment

    • Ayatollah Khomeini- New Fanatical Muslim leader of Iran

    • Fundamental Islam

  • U.S. Embassy in Teheran

    • Our interest were oil based.

    • Islamic fundamentalist mob invades embassy and siezed the Americans there.

    • Demand return of Shah and unfreeze Iranian assets

    • Carter refuses the demands

  • Hostage Crisis- 52 for 444 days

Kathryn L. Koob, 42 - Embassy Cultural Officer; one of two female hostages.

A crisis of confidence
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  • The Iranian Hostage situation dragged on throughout the presidential election year of 1980.

  • The situation in Iran also drove up gasoline prices so that prices of goods in the United States went up and inflation soared.

  • Many voters held Carter responsible for the problems and the downcast mood of the country.

International crisis
International Crisis Video Games- 18:03

  • How did international crises affect Carter’s presidency?

  • Recall – Why was the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan troubling to the U.S.?

  • Evaluate – Was blocking a shipment of grain and refusal to participate in the Olympics in Moscow an adequate response to the Soviet invasion?