4.18 – LBJ & the Great Society/1970s & Malaise

In the first section of today’s class, I will discuss LBJ and the Great Society before we move on to covering the 1970s.


J. Stein, The 1970s

History.com, The Watergate Scandal


Wikipedia, The Election of 1976

U.S. History.org, “The Me Decade”

Discussion questions

What were some of the major characteristics of American culture in the 1970s?

What was the Watergate scandal? What is its significance for American history?

What were other reasons that many Americans were disillusioned with their government in the 1970s?

How did U.S. foreign policy change in response to the end of the Vietnam War?

Why did many Americans see Jimmy Carter as an appealing candidate in 1976?

How prosperous was the American economy during the 1970s?

What is your view of the general level of success of Jimmy Carter’s presidency?

Conduct additional research if necessary to answer these questions.


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