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Title: Nixon

Nixons Vietnam
  • In the summer of 1969 Pres. Nixon announced the
    first withdraw of troops from Vietnam
  • Negotiations with N. Vietnam were at an impasse
  • The U.S. and S. Vietnam demanded that all N.
    Vietnamese forces withdraw from S. Vietnam that
    Nguyen Van Thieu (new leader of S. Vietnam)
    remain in power
  • The North Vietnamese insisted that
  • U.S. troops withdraw from S.
  • Vietnam and that the Thieu
  • government step aside for a
  • coalition govt that included the
  • Vietcong

Below Nguyen Van Thieu w/ Pres. Johnson
  • Pres. Nixon conferred with his new National
    Security Advisor Henry Kissinger (an emigrant who
    had earned 3 degrees from Harvard)
  • They developed a plan known as VIETNAMIZATION
  • Vietnamization called for the gradual withdrawal
    of U.S. troops in order for the S. Vietnamese to
    take on a more active combat role
  • The U.S. knew however that the S. Vietnamese
    couldnt stand on their own were admitting
  • By August of 1969 25,000 U.S. troops had returned
  • Over the next 3 years the number of troops in
    Vietnam went from 500,000 to 25,000
  • Pres. Nixon was trying to acquire what he called
    Peace with Honor
  • Pres. Nixon tried to keep dignity for the U.S. by
    this drawn out withdraw still demanded that the
    S. Vietnamese govt remain intact
  • Even as the U.S. was pulling ground troops out
    Pres. Nixon ordered massive bombing attacks on
    North Vietnam and also on Vietcong supply lines
    in Cambodia and Laos

Above ARVN soldiers walking Through a rice
patty Below U.S. fighter bombers
My Lai Massacre
  • In November of 1969 the New York Times reporter
    Seymour Hersh broke news about an incident in
    March of 1968 in the small village of My Lai in
    the northern part of S. Vietnam
  • A U.S. platoon under the command of Lt. William
    Calley Jr. while searching for Vietcong rounded
    up more than 200 innocent Vietnamese (mostly
    women, children, and elderly men) and shot
    killed them
  • One soldier when asked what their directive had
    been replied Kill anything that breathed
  • The soldiers claimed that they were just
    following orders
  • 25 soldiers were charged with some degree of
    responsibility but only Lt. Calley was convicted

The Invasion of Cambodia
  • The countries mood in 1970 was much less
  • Troops were coming home the end was
  • in sight
  • On April 30,1970 President Nixon announced that
    U.S. troops had
  • invaded Cambodia to clear out N. Vietnamese
    Vietcong supply centers
  • College students across the nation burst into
  • Over 1.5 million college students closed down
    1,200 college campuses

The Invasion of Cambodia
  • Despite Nixons election the bloody war in
    Vietnam raged on
  • With the invasion of Cambodia the Vietcong N.
    Vietnamese efforts intensified as well
  • American casualties mounted as did Vietcong

MeKong Delta
  • The MeKong River delta area in South Vietnam near
    Saigon became a violent battle ground

Kent State Massacre
Kent State Massacre
  • At Kent State University (Oh.) massive student
    protests led to the burning of the ROTC building
  • On May 4, 1970 the mayor called the National
    Guard they fired live ammunition into a crowd
    of campus protesters who were hurling rocks at
  • The gunfire wounded nine people and killed four

Above National Guards guarding the burnt down
ROTC building Bottom Right National Guard
firing into the crowd Bottom Middle N. Guards on
field at Kent State Far Left Women agonizing
over dead friend
Kent State Massacre
Continued Protests
  • Ten days later violence erupted on the all-black
    college of Jackson State in Mississippi
  • National Guardsmen once again fired on a crowd of
    demonstrators that were throwing glass bottles
  • 12 students were wounded and 2 were killed (both
    innocent bystanders)
  • The country was sharply divided over the
  • Many people supported the Guardsmen felt that
    the students got what they asked for
  • The Building and Construction Trades Council in
    New York held a rally with over 100,000 member
    supporting the government its actions

The Pentagon Papers
  • After Nixon Kissinger embarked on a bombing
    then invasion policy towards Cambodia with out
    even informing Congress the U.S. Congress
    repealed the Tonkin Gulf Resolution on Dec. 31,
  • In June of 1971 a former Defense Department
    worker leaked a 7,000 page document written by
    then Sec. of Defense Robert McNamara from
  • These documents revealed the govt had drawn up
    plans for entering the war even while Pres.
    Johnson had been promising not entering troops
  • They also showed that the U.S. had no plans of
    leaving Vietnam
  • The Pentagon Papers confirmed many peoples
    belief that the govt had not been honest about
    its war intentions

Sec. State Kissinger
Sec. Defense McNamara
President Johnson
The War continues
  • In March of 1972 the North Vietnamese Vietcong
    launched their largest offensive since Tet
  • President Nixon ordered a massive bombing of
    North Vietnamese cities
  • He also ordered Haiphong harbor (where Soviet
    Chinese forces brought supplies) to be mined
  • The bombings were able to stop the Vietnamese
    assault but the stalemate continued

The War continues
  • With 1972 being an election year President Nixon
    decided to push for an end to hostilities in
  • Henry Kissinger handled the negotiations for the
    U.S. with Le Duc Tho from North Vietnam
  • Finally in 1972 Nixon (Kissinger) and the U.S.
    dropped their demands that all North Vietnamese
    soldiers leave S. Vietnam before a U.S. withdrawl
  • Kissinger announced that Peace
  • is at hand
  • shortly before
  • the election

Sec. of State Henry Kissinger
  • President Nixon his National Security
  • Advisor (later Sec. of State) Henry
  • Kissinger changed U.S. foreign policy
  • from that of containment to a new idea known as
    RealPolitik or Political Realism
  • Under the U.S.s containment policy the U.S.
    refused to officially recognize countries with
    communist governments
  • Under RealPolitik the U.S. would base decisions
    solely on consideration of power instead of moral
    ideals or principles
  • Ignoring some counties if they were weak
  • But recognizing powerful countries even if they
    were communist
  • This new policy of détente meant a more flexible
    approach and negotiation with communist countries

Nixon visits China
  • The U.S. had not formally recognized mainland
    China since the communist took over in 1949
  • President Nixon reversed this policy in 1971 when
    he announced that he would visit the country to
    seek the normalization of relations between the
    two countries
  • The Soviets and Chinese communists were feuding
    and had broken ties in 1960
  • President Nixon wanted to take advantage of this
  • In February of 1972 Nixon landed in Beijing met
    with Chinese premier Zhou En-lai
  • This would also lay the groundwork for economic
    relations with the Chinese and their growing

Nixon visits Moscow
  • In May of 1972, 3 months after his visit to China
    Pres. Nixon went to the U.S.S.R. becoming the 1st
    U.S. President ever to do so
  • Nixon and Soviet Premier Brezhnev began a series
    of meetings known as the Strategic Arms
    Limitation Talks (SALT)
  • Nixon and Brezhnev signed the SALT I Treaty
  • This was a 5 year agreement to limit the number
    of ICBMs (Inter-Continental Ballistic Missiles)
    and submarine launched missiles to 1972 levels
  • These are the missiles that could carry nuclear
    warheads to the U.S. from U.S.S.R. and vice-versa
  • These Foreign Policy victories and a rosier
    outlook in Vietnam led to success in the 72
    election for Pres. Nixon

Nixon wins reelection
P.O.W.s celebrating their return home in 1973?
  • Pres. Nixon wins reelection but peace did not
    come quickly
  • The Thieu govt of S. Vietnam rejected
    Kissingers plan
  • Talks between the two side broke off in Dec. of
  • In a response to this Pres. Nixon ordered 11
    straight days of bombing of Hanoi and Haiphong
    (over 100,000 bombs) the two largest cities in N.
  • The two sides returned to the bargaining table
    and on Jan. 27th of 1973 the U.S. N. Vietnam
    signed an agreement ending the war known as the
    Paris Peace Accords
  • On March 29, 1973 the last U.S. combat troops
    left for home
  • For the U.S. the Vietnam War had ended

The Paris Peace Accords
  • Despite U.S. troops leaving the battle
  • the war in Vietnam raged on between
  • North South Vietnam
  • Just months after the U.S. withdrawal the
  • cease-fire agreement was broken
  • In March of 1975 after nearly two years
  • of fighting the North Vietnamese launched
  • a full-scale invasion against the South
  • Thieu asked the U.S. for help but President Ford
    (whom had taken over for Nixon after Watergate)
    refused, providing only economic aid
  • On April 30, 1975 North Vietnamese tanks rolled
    into Saigon captured the S. Vietnamese capital
  • Soon after S. Vietnam surrendered to the North

The Legacy of Vietnam
  • 58,000 Americans were killed
  • and some 303,000 were
  • wounded in Vietnam
  • North South Vietnamese
  • deaths reached over 2 million
  • The result of the war led many
  • Americans to be more cautious about foreign
    affairs more cynical towards the government
  • The War Powers Act of 1973
  • Said that the President must inform Congress
    within 48 hours of sending forces w/o a
    declaration of war
  • Troops may remain there no longer than 90 days
    without congressional approval

Vietnam War Memorial in Washington D.C.
Vietnam after the War
  • N. Vietnamese communists
  • imprisoned more than 400,000
  • South Vietnamese in
  • reeducation or labor camps
  • This prompted 1.5 million Vietnamese to flee
  • Citizens who had supported U.S. war effort and
    businessmen whom the communists expelled when
    they nationalized the countries businesses
  • Thousands of boat people or poor Vietnamese
    left with nothing and traveled across the S.
    China Sea in barges and row boats
  • Nearly 50,000 died on the high seas from
    exposure, drowning, illness, or piracy
  • U.S. invasion of Cambodia started a civil war in
    which the communist group Khmer Rouge began to
    execute professionals and others with education
    or foreign ties
  • It is thought that over 1 million Cambodians were

Nixon after Vietnam
  • President Nixon believed in shrinking
  • the size of the federal government
  • This became known as New
  • Federalism
  • President Nixon began advocating
  • the Family Assistance
  • Plan that would reduce the role of the Federal
    government and make welfare recipients
    responsible for their own lives
  • Requiring work with welfare checks
  • The bill passed the House before being rejected
    in the Senate
  • Pres. Nixon increased Social Security, Medicare,
    and Medicaid payments

Nixon after Vietnam
  • After his election in 1968 Pres. Nixon tried to
    both end the war in Vietnam and then restore
    order between the conservatives and the hippies
  • Nixon used the FBI to illegally wiretap left-wing
    individuals including the Democratic offices in
    the Watergate Hotel
  • He also used the CIA to investigate individuals
    and even the Internal Revenue Service to audit
    the tax returns of anti-war civil rights

Lasting Effects of the Counter culture
  • This counter culture was responsible for a new
    feminist movement
  • More women in the workforce
  • The Roe v. Wade abortion decision (1973)
  • Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal
    in the United States
  • Anti-War protests that eventually led to the War
    Powers Act of 1973
  • Restrictions on the President for using U.S.
    troops abroad
  • Motown the birth of African-American artists
  • Long hair and bright colorful clothing (tie-dye,
    beads, blue jeans)
  • More drug use
  • Greater emphasis on freedom of expression
  • More violence in television and the movies

Lasting Effects of the Counter culture
  • The casual aspect of the counter culture had a
    lasting effect
  • American attitudes toward sexual behavior became
    more casual and permissive
  • This led to the sexual revolution
  • Magazines, books, music, and movies began to
    address the subject of sex and violence that had
    once been prohibited
  • These liberal attitudes and changes were soon met
    with a conservative response that would lead to
    Richard Nixons election

Fight for Equality
  • A new feminist movement began in the late 1960s
  • A 1963 Presidential commission reported that
    women were paid far less than men even when doing
    the same jobs
  • It also stated that women were seldom promoted to
    management positions, regardless of their
    education, experience, or ability
  • The National Organization for Women (NOW) was
    established to protest womens rights founded by
    Betty Friedan
  • By 1969 175,000 members had joined
  • Gloria Steinem a liberal journalist political
    activist started the National Womens Political
    Caucus to encourage women to seek political
    office often spoke out for womens equality

Woman political activists Gloria Steinem
Fight for Equality
  • In 1972 Congress passed the Equal Rights
    Amendment (ERA)
  • It then needed the ratification of 38 states to
    be added to the constitution
  • The bill would guarantee that both men women
    had the same rights under the law
  • Some influential women such as conservative
    Phyllis Schlafly felt that there were unintended
    problems with this bill
  • She said that it could lead to women being
    drafted into the military
  • End of the husbands responsibility to provide for
    his family under the law
  • Same-sex marriages
  • The debate over this bill sparked a New Right
    movement to combat the new feminist movement
  • This new right was known as a Pro Family
    movement against the Pro-Abortion, pro-ERA
  • They became focused on social, cultural, and
    moral problems
  • By leading the Conservative charge Phyllis
    Schlafly changed the debate from political and
    economic to cultural
  • The ERA went down in defeat in June of 1982 (the
    deadline for ratification)
  • The womens movement had a large effect on
    peoples views attitudes
  • A 1965 survey of Stanford Univ. graduates showed
    70 planned not to work when their children were
    preschool age
  • A 1970 survey of Stanford Univ. graduates showed
    7 planned to stop working when their children
    were preschool age
  • 1970 only 8 of medical school graduates 5 of
    law graduates were women
  • 1998 42 of med. school graduates 44 of law
    school graduates were women

Conservative womans leader Phyllis Schlafly
Nixons Court
  • During his 5 years in office President Nixon
    appointed 4 new members to the United States
    Supreme Court
  • Chief Justice Warren Burger, Harry Blackmun,
    Lewis Powell, William Rehnquist
  • Nixon tried appointing staunch southern
    conservatives that were generally unqualified to
    serve on the Supreme Court
  • These appointments met much hostility and were
    rejected but did win Nixon much support from
    Southerners in the 1972 election
  • Despite his attempt to make the court more
    conservative it remained moderate with only one
    of the four appointees having a conservative

Lewis Powell
William Rehnquist
Warren Burger
Harry Blackmun
  • During the first term of Nixons presidency the
    U.S. was involved in an economy that had high
    inflation and high unemployment
  • This state is known as STAGFLATION
  • High inflation was a result of the deficit
    spending by LBJ to fund both the Vietnam war and
    his Great Society programs
  • High unemployment was the result of women, baby
    boomers and migrant workers entering the
    workforce as well as the U.S. reliance on foreign
  • The U.S. received much of its oil from middle
    eastern oil producing countries of OPEC
    (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries)

Struggling Economy
Yom Kippur War
  • On October 6, 1973 war broke out when the
    combined forces of Syria and Egypt invaded Israel
    on Yom Kippur the most sacred Jewish holiday
  • Fighting only lasted 3 weeks but 7,700 Egyptians,
    7,700 Syrians, and 4,500 Israelis were killed or
  • The United States sent massive military aid to
    Israel (our longtime ally)
  • The Arab OPEC nations responded by cutting off
    all oil sales to the U.S.
  • When OPEC resumed its sale of oil to the U.S. in
    1974 the price had quadrupled

  • At 230 a.m., on June 17, 1972 a
  • guard at the Watergate office apartment
    complex caught 5 men breaking into the DNC
    (Democratic National Committee) headquarters.
  • The burglars had planned to photograph documents
    wiretap phones
  • The leader of this group was James McCord a
    former CIA agent head of security for the CRP
    (Committee to Reelect the President)
  • Pres. Nixons former Attorney General John
    Mitchell was the head of the CRP

James McCord
CRP Head John Mitchell
The Watergate Cover-up
  • Workers for the Presidents Chief of Staff H.R.
    Haldeman began shredding documents with
    connection to the break in
  • The White House asked the CIA to urge the FBI to
    stop its investigation of the break in in the
    interest of national security
  • The CRP paid nearly 450,000 to the Watergate
    burglars to buy their silence
  • Despite all of these events the break in was of
    little interest to the American public during the
    1972 Presidential campaign
  • President Nixon wins reelection in a landslide
    over George S. McGovern

White House Chief of Staff H.R. Haldeman
Dem. Presidential Candidate George S. McGovern
Woodward and Bernstein
  • Despite the seeming insignificance
  • of the break in two reporters from the
    Washington Post Bob Woodward Carl Bernstein
    continued to investigate
  • They would eventually write several articles that
    linked the break in to the White House

Woodward Bernstein
Bob Woodward
Carl Bernstein
  • On March 20, 1973 a few days before the burglars
    were to be sentenced James McCord wrote a letter
    to the Judge of the case John Sirica telling him
    that he lied under oath and hinted that powerful
    members of the Nixon administration had been
  • The Senate decided to investigate the Watergate
    incident in 1973
  • In an attempt to distance himself from the
    incident President Nixon announced on April 30,
    1973 the resignations of White House counsel John
    Dean, Haldeman, and Ehrlichman (Presidents
    Domestic Advisor)
  • The President also announced that his new
    Attorney General Elliot Richardson was to appoint
    a special prosecutor to investigate the break in

James McCord
President Nixon
John Ehrlichman
The Senate Investigation
  • John Dean testified first and answered Senator
    Howard Bakers question What did the President
    know, when did he know it? by saying that
    President Nixon had been deeply involved in the
  • The White House denied these accusations it
    became a his word against mine situation
  • In July presidential aide Alexander Butterfield
    reveled to the committee that Pres. Nixon had
    taped virtually all of his Presidential
    conversations with a taping system that was
    installed in the White House

Sen. Howard Baker
White House Aide Alexander Butterfield
Saturday Night Massacre
  • A year long battle for access to the Presidents
    tapes began
  • Archibald Cox the Special prosecutor finally took
    the President to court in October of 1973 to
    obtain the tapes
  • Nixon refused and ordered Attorney General
    Richardson to fire Cox
  • Richardson refused to fire Cox resigned
  • The Deputy Attorney General also refused the
    Presidential order was fired
  • Solicitor General Robert Bork finally fired Cox
    but Coxs replacement Leon Jaworski was also
    determined to get access to the tapes
  • Just days before the Saturday night massacre Vice
    President Spiro Agnew resigned after it was
    learned that he had accepted bribes when he was
    Governor of Maryland
  • President Nixon nominated House Minority Leader
    Gerald Ford as his vice-president he was
    confirmed by Congress

Att. Gen. Richardson
Archibald Cox
Vice-Pres. Ford
Vice-Pres. Agnew
The Fall of a President
  • In March of 1974 a grand jury indicted 7
    presidential aides on charges of conspiracy,
    obstruction of justice, and perjury
  • In the spring of 1974 President Nixon announced
    on television that he was releasing 1,254 pages
    of edited transcripts of White House
    conversations about Watergate but still refused
    to release the unedited tapes
  • The case then went to the Supreme Court
  • On July 24, 1974 the Supreme Court ruled
    unanimously that the President must surrender the
    tapes despite his claims that doing so would
    violate national security

Nixon Resigns
  • Even without the tapes the
  • House Judiciary Committee
  • determined that there was
  • enough evidence to impeach
  • President Nixon
  • On July 27, 1974 they approved
  • three articles of impeachment
  • charging Nixon with obstruction
  • of justice, abuse of power,
  • and contempt of Congress
  • On August 5, 1974 Nixon release the tapes but
    they contained many gaps
  • One of 18 ½ minutes which was claimed to have
    been accidentally erased by Nixons secretary
  • The tapes showed that Nixon was aware of the
    break ins tried to cover them up
  • On August 8th of 1974 before the House could vote
    on impeachment President Nixon announced his
    resignation but maintained his innocence

Nixon Resigns
Legacy of Watergate
  • Eventually 25 members of Nixons administration
    were convicted served prison terms for
  • Watergate along with Vietnam made the American
    public very cynical about the Presidency as well
    as public officials that endures to this day
  • Gone were the reverence for the President shown
    for FDR JFK

Ford Takes Over
Ford Takes Over
  • His first act was grant President Nixon a full
  • This prevented Nixon for any criminal charges as
    well as preventing his impeachment
  • Ford claimed that he wanted to put the issue
    behind the country
  • President Ford declared that Our long national
    nightmare is over
  • This act cost Ford much public support
  • President Ford nominates Nelson Rockefeller to
    fill the vacant Vice-Presidency in Dec. of 1974
  • He is confirmed by the Senate

President Ford signing the pardon of President
Ford Takes Over
  • When President Ford takes over the country was in
    the early stages of a recession
  • Inflation unemployment were on the rise
  • The OPEC oil price increase pushed gasoline
    heating oil prices up caused inflation to rise
    from 6 to 10
  • Pres. Ford tried to combat the growing inflation
    by cutting government spending and raising
    interest rates this had the opposite effect
    however the country slipped further into a
  • Ford also had to fight a Democratic controlled
    congress ended up vetoing over 50 pieces of

Foreign Policy
  • Ford continued President Nixons foreign policy
    leaning on Secretary of State Henry Kissinger
  • Ford met with Soviet Premier Leonid Brezhnev in
    November of 1974
  • Later President Ford would travel to Helsinki,
    Finland to meet with 35 nations sign a series
    of agreements that promised greater cooperation
  • between the nations of Eastern
  • Western Europe ? Helsinki
  • Accords
  • This would be President Fords
  • greatest accomplishment

Sec. of State Kissinger
President Ford with Soviet Premier Brezhnev
  • The 1973 cease-fire in Vietnam had broken down
    heavy fighting had broken out again after America
    had left
  • President Ford asked Congress for 722 million to
    help South Vietnam but Congress refused
  • Without Americas help South Vietnam surrendered
    to the North in 1975
  • Later that year Communist Cambodia siezed the
    U.S. merchant ship Mayaguez in the gulf of Siam
  • Ford responded by sending a massive military
    force to rescue the 39 crew members aboard the
  • 41 U.S. troops would die in the mission leading
    to criticism of Pres. Ford

The Election of 1976
  • Gerald Ford won the Republican nomination for
    President despite a challenge from Californian
    governor Ronald Reagan
  • The Democrats nominated former peanut farmer
    Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter
  • Carter was an outsider played on Americas
    growing cynicism with Washington politics
    (Vietnam, Watergate, etc)
  • Carter promised to bring integrity back to
    Washington won in a very close election 40.8
    million to 39.1 million
  • President Carters outsider role alienated
    himself from both parties in Congress made it
    very difficult for him as President

The Energy Crisis
  • President Carter believed that Americas reliance
  • on foreign oil was the primary reason behind our
    energy crisis
  • He presented Congress with more than 100
    proposals on Energy conservation development
  • These proposals were fought fiercely by
    Representatives from oil gas producing states
  • Automobile manufacturers also lobbied against the
    gas rationing proposals
  • National Energy Act was passed in 1977
  • This act placed a tax on gas guzzling cars
  • Removed price controls on oil natural gas
    produced in the U.S.
  • Extended tax credits for the development of
    alternative energy

The Energy Crisis
  • In the summer of 1979 violence in the Middle East
    caused another fuel shortage in the U.S. and OPEC
    announced another price hike in that same year
  • Inflation rose from 7.6 to 11.3
  • President Carter attempted a wide array of
    measures to combat inflation but he seemed to
    have no direction with his policies
  • Inflation continued to rise to 14 by 1980

The Changing American Economy
  • The U.S. economy was evolving in the 1970s
  • Manufacturing jobs (steel, automobiles, iron,
    rubber, clothing, etc) were being downsized in
    the U.S. because of booming foreign markets
  • New booming economies in West Germany, Japan,
    Taiwan, Korea
  • Markets that could pay there workers far less
    than U.S. manufacturers
  • Service jobs were dominating the U.S. economy
    (communications, transportation, retail)
  • Many U.S. workers in the 1970s didnt have the
    education needed for these new jobs when they
    were laid off from the factory (manufacturing)

The Carter Presidency
  • President Carter appointed more
  • Women, other minorities to high positions than
  • any other President
  • Carter used the idea of Human Rights as the
    foundation for his foreign policy
  • Carter cut off military aid to countries such as
    Argentina Brazil who had been allies b/c they
    imprisoned tortured thousands of their own
  • Pres. Carter took much heat when he announced
    that the U.S. had reached an agreement with
    Panama to relinquish control of the Panama Canal
  • The date set was Dec. 31, 1999
  • The Senate ratified this treaty by the slim
    margin of 68-32
  • Because of his stand on human rights the détente
    (relaxed tension) between the U.S. the
    communist countries of China the U.S.S.R. began
    to dissolve
  • A second round of Strategic Arms Limitations
    Treaties (SALT II) were eventually signed but not
    ratified in the U.S.

The Camp David Accords
  • The crowning achievement of President Carters
    foreign policy was the Camp David Accords
  • In 1978 after peace talks had broken down between
    long time enemies Egypt Israel, President
    Carter invited Egyptian President Anwar el-Sadat
    Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin to the
    Presidential retreat in Maryland (Camp David)
  • After 12 days of intense negotiations the
  • three leaders signed a peace agreement
  • Israel agreed to withdraw from the Sinai
  • It had seized this territory in a 6 Day war in
  • Egypt formally recognized Israels right to exist
  • Anwar el-Sadat would be seen as a traitor in
    Egypt despite winning the Nobel Peace prize
    (along with Benin) was assassinated in 1981

(L to R) el-Sadat, Carter, Benin
Iran Hostage Crisis
  • In 1979 the Muslim religious leader
  • Ayatollah Khomeini led rebels in over-
  • throwing the Iranian shah establishing
  • a religious state
  • The United States was an ally of the shah and in
    October of 1979 nine months after he had fled
    from power the U.S. allowed the shah to enter the
    U.S. for cancer treatment
  • This infuriated the Iranians
  • On Nov. 4, 1979 students seized the U.S. embassy
    in Tehran took the 52 Americans hostage
  • They demanded that the U.S. send the shah back to
    Iran in exchange for the hostages

Ayatollah Khomeini
Iran Hostage Crisis
  • President Carter refused to give in to terrorist
    demands turn over the shah
  • A year long stand-off ensued
  • The U.S. continued intense negotiations to free
    the hostages
  • After 444 days the hostages were released on
    January 20, 1981 shortly after the new President
    Ronald Reagan took office

Ayatollah Khomeini
Iranians showing one of the hostages
The Carter Presidency
  • Author Rachel Carson a marine biologist published
    a book in 1962 entitled Silent Spring
  • This book warned against the growing use of
  • This book became a wake up call to many Americans
    of the dangers of pollution over consumption to
    the environment
  • President Nixon responding to increase pressure
    consolidated 15 federal pollution programs into
    one agency the EPA (Environmental Protection
  • Oil was found in Alaska in 1968 soon raised
    concerns of many people about the effects the oil
    industry would have on the native wildlife
  • President Nixon turned over millions of acres of
    Alaskan territory to the native peoples for
  • Congress later Presidents would turn over
    millions of more acres for protected areas
    (Alaskan Wildlife refuge National Monument)

Three Mile Island
  • As Americas dependence on foreign oil became
    well-known many people in the 1970s began to
    promote nuclear power as the alternative
  • Many opponents of nuclear power pointed out the
    dangerous effects to humans the environment
    that nuclear waste had
  • These concerns were validated when on March 28,
    1979 one of the nuclear reactors at a plant on
    Three Mile Island near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • The cooling system failed to work the reactor
  • People feared that radiation would spread all
    over the region
  • Low-level radiation did end up escaping over
    100,000 residents of the area had to be evacuated
  • On April 9th the danger was over people could
    return to their homes
  • No one was seriously injured because of the
    incident but it had profound effect on peoples
    views towards nuclear power
  • Construction of new power plants were halted
    many existing plants were gradually shut down