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C30 Crisis of Authority

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Chapter 30 - The 1970s - Crisis of Authority

American's optimism and trust in government is shattered by the Watergate scandal and the seemingly never-ending Vietnam war. America and the Soviet Union ease tensions during the seventies but Reagan rides a roller-coaster of diplomatic relations during the eighties.  The escalated arms race of the eighties is just one of the factors that will lead to the collapse of international communism.

The specific focus of this unit will be on:

D. Beginning of Détente

E. The antiwar movement and the counterculture

A. The election of 1968 and the “Silent Majority”

B. Nixon’s challenges: Vietnam, China, and Watergate

C. Changes in the American economy: the energy crisis, de-industrialization, and the service economy


Reading Assignments:

Friday -3/29 RA Youth Culture pp. 807-813 and Mobilization of Minorities pp. 813-818

  • Chapter 29 Reading Quiz & Homework Due

Monday -4/8 RA New Feminism pp. 818-821 and Environmentalism pp. 821-823

  • Vietnam

Tuesday -4/9 RA Nixon, Kissinger and the War pp. 824-826 and Nixon, Kissinger and the World pp. 827-828

  • EPA

Wednesday -4/10 RA Politics and Economics under Nixon pp. 828-832 and Watergate Crisis pp. 832-836

  • The New Left

Thursday -4/11   

  • Chapter 30 Reading Quiz & Homework Due


Wednesday- 4/10 Enrichment is Due  


AP Review for 1st Tri Final.pdf

AP Review for 2nd Tri Final.pdf

AP Review for 3rd Tri Final.pdf 



Class Notes:

C30 Crisis of Authority Class Notes.pdf 


Textbook Chapter:

Ch. 30 Brinkley 14.pdf


Would you like to practice some of the vocabulary from this week's textbook chapter? Here is a quick link: 

Brinkley Chapter 30 vocab





Actual Audio from the White House- the "Watergate Tapes"


The Washington Post Investigates.pdf

A Chronology of the Watergate Crisis.pdf 



Homework Assignments: 

Part 1 - Terms: All terms should be used in context, underlined, and identified in your textbook notes.

Youth Culture pp. 807-813

1. Liberation

2. "New Left" 

3. SDS

4. Counterculture 

5. Hippies 

Mobilization of Minorities pp. 813-818

6. American Indian Movement [A.I.M.] 

7. Latino Activism

8. César Chávez

9. Stonewall Riot

New Feminism pp. 818-821

10. NOW

11. Failure of ERA

12. Roe v. Wade

Environmentalism pp. 821-823

13. Silent Spring 

14. Earth Day

15. EPA

Nixon, Kissinger and the War pp. 824-826

16. Henry Kissinger

17. Vietnamization 

18. Kent State Massacre

19. My Lai Massacre

20. Paris Accords (1973)

21. Fall of Saigon

Nixon, Kissinger and the World pp. 827-828

22. SALT I

23. Nixon Doctrine

24. 1973 Arab oil embargo 

Politics and Economics under Nixon pp. 828-832

25. Bakke v. Board of Regents, Univ. of CA (1978) 

26. George McGovern

27. Stagflation

Watergate Crisis pp. 832-836 

28. Watergate informants

29. US v. Richard Nixon (1974) 


Part 2 - Long Essay Question: Historical Reasoning Skill- Contextualization

Be sure to use at least three supporting ideas/details to support your argument in each body paragraph.

Analyze the extent to which TWO of the following transformed American society in the 1960’s and 1970’s.

  • The Civil Rights movement          The antiwar movement                The women’s movement


Part 3 - Vocabulary: These words are from the chapter and will be used in context or need to be defined on the weekly chapter quiz. They should be defined on the bottom of the textbook notes.
















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