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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. Vietnam & the Seventies.

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the origins of the seventies
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
vietnam the seventies
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
nixon s foreign policy
Nixon’s Foreign Policy
  • The End of the Vietnam War?
    • POW/MIA
  • The Cold War & Global unrest
  • Détente
    • The China Game
watergate american political culture
Watergate & American Political Culture
  • The Watergate Break-in
  • CREEP: The Committee to Re-Elect the President
  • Nixon Resigns (1974)
domestic politics in the 70s
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
the environmental movement
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
civil rights the politics of race
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
good times in the ghetto
“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.
the rise of the new right
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.
the 70s malaise
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