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Nixon and Carter


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Title: Nixon and Carter

Nixon and Carter
  • The Conservative Backlash meets the Peanut Farmer

Nixons Conservative Backlash wins in 1968.
  • Inflation, rising prices, and funding for Great
    Society, cost of living tripled.
  • Stagnant economy and an unpopular war.
  • Nixon Vietnamizes the war in 1973. (540,000
  • My Lai and the Cambodia attacks create a negative
    image and protests.

First Term and Re-election
  • Twenty-sixth Amendment (vote _at_ 18)
  • Détente (better relations with China and the
    Soviet Union), SALT, and Henry Kissinger
    (national security advisor).
  • 1972 Democrat George McGovern was a liberal dove
    alienated the working class.
  • With a peace is at hand statement, Nixon won
    with a landslide in 72 520 electoral votes to 17.

Watergate and Impeachment
  • Nixons paranoia led him to create the Plumbers
    unit of CREEP. June 17, 1972 five men arrested in
    Democratic headquarters with bugging equipment.
  • Secretive, unethical, unlawful use of FBI, CIA,
    IRS, the enemies list, Vice President Agnew, and
    many resignations.
  • Gerald Ford is appointed Vice President.
  • The White House tapes, impeachment, resignation
    on August 8, 1974. Ford takes oath as the first
    un-elected President.

Re-election and Detente
Another End to the War!
  • Secret bombings in Cambodia against Pol Pot and
    his regime.
  • 1975 North Vietnamese move South and take over
    South Vietnam. Evacuation of remaining US
    citizens and 140,000 S. Vietnamese.
  • Later some 500,000 S. Vietnamese arrive in the US
  • 56,000 U.S. deaths, 300,000 injuries, and 118

Mr. Carter
  • Bicentennial election with Ford (R) versus Carter
    (D). Carter won with a narrow victory.
  • Positive diplomacy peace between Israel and
    Egypt, canal ownership to Panama, and relations
    open with Soviets.
  • Negative diplomacy Cuban/Soviet troops in
    Africa, US supported Iranian government
    overthrown, SALT II talks halted because of
    Khomeini and the anti-American Muslims attack on
    the US embassy (hostages), Soviets attack
    Afghanistan (Soviets Vietnam).

Jimmy Carter