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The 1970's New

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The decades of the 1970's- 90's


Activity 1

As a class we looked at the 1950-60's. Now lets see how the limits of change continue to test the country into the 1970's, 1980's, and 90's.


1970s 1980s 1990s y powerpoint.pptx


Defining moments of the decades

1970's- https://www.cnn.com/2015/05/21/world/gallery/70-historic-moments-from-the-1970s/index.html

1980's- https://www.cnn.com/2016/03/28/photos/gallery/80-moments-from-the-80s/index.html

1990's- https://www.cnn.com/2017/07/05/world/gallery/90-moments-from-the-90s/index.html 


Essential unit question: What is a countries limits?

How were the decades of the 1970's, 1980's and the 1990's a test of the limits for Americans? 

- Economically

- Politically

- Socially



Enduring theme: The U.S. links globally with the rest of the world and has some problems as well as success.

Vietnam, racial solidarity S. Africa, global studies, Human right foreign policy Red China, Cold War, space race. 



Here are some limits testing the United States 



Civil Rights Era 

See how an Alabama history textbook has a different point of view about teaching Slavery.

via fusion.net > http://fusion.net/story/164447/this-alabama-high-school-history-book-from-the-1970s-sure-is-something/?utm_source=emailshare&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=socialshare&utm_content=sticky+nav original link

1970s high school history book taught aboutslavery.pdf printfriendly version


Culture and TV:

Taught multiculturalism- Chico and the Man, Sanford and Son, Good Times. 

Cultural identity- Roots, Color Purple

Womans Independence (feminism)- Mary Tyler Moore Show, That Girl, One Day at a Time.

1970's Feminist Impact of The Mary Tyler Moore Show Was Behind the Scenes.pdf

social values- All in the Family, The Jefferson's, Waltons, Partridge Family


https://www.vulture.com/2011/10/the-evolution-of-the-sitcom-family.html The evolution of TV sitcoms




Richard Nixon- race issues  and corruption

New Federalism- portion of power to states not federal government.

Southern strategy

Saturday Night Massacre

In American politics, the Southern strategy refers to a strategy by some Republican Party candidates of gaining political support in the Southern United States by appealing to racism against African Americans.


http://watergate.info/ What was Watergate?


Environment: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsienW9SQQ0 You Tube on Indian commercial and pollution. 30 sec.

http://ohioseagrant.osu.edu/_documents/publications/FS/FS-046%20Lake%20Erie%20water%20quality%20past%20present%20future.pdf PDF file on Lake Erie which was declared legally dead in the 1970's and thrives today.

https://www.epa.gov/laws-regulations/summary-clean-water-act Clean air and Water Act 1972

http://earthday.envirolink.org/history.html How first Earth Day came to be.

http://www.newsweek.com/activist-swim-gowanus-canal-earth-day-323408 Happy Earth Day!!

http://www.livescience.com/50556-earth-day-facts-history.html History of Earth Day



https://www.investopedia.com/terms/r/reaganomics.asp What is Reaganomics? 

Inflation- stagflation (rising inflation and unemployment).

Arab Oil Embargo- OPEC

Welfare reform-FAP family assistance plan


Foreign Policy:

https://www.thoughtco.com/the-reagan-doctrine-and-communism-4571021 Reagan Doctrine to wipe out communism  


Cold War



 What tech world did you grow up in?



https://www.aft.org/sites/default/files/ae_summer2015mehta.pdf a Nation at Risk




This assignment is to be done without a need for a computer

Assignment-Mini Poster         

Essential unit question: What is a countries limits?

How were the decades of the 1970's, 1980's and the 1990's a test of the limits for Americans? 


  • Take a piece of 8 1/2 X 11 white paper, no more or less, be creative with your space
  • Review the categories above and pick one that you're interested in. No need for pictures, write or draw pictures
  • Work alone, place name on the poster, use every square inch of the poster for limits 
  • Explain your category and how it tests the limits of our democracy and freedom, use many angles
    • First, come up with 2-3 questions or statements you have for the category throughout the 70's-80's-90's and how it tested the limits of the country.
    • Read articles above and below that are attached with the category to gain understanding of the time period and its test of the limits.
    • Write 1-2 more questions or statements you have about the category to explain more on the limits it tests.
    • Research the category and find possible theme/themes throughout that explain why this was a test on the limits of the country.
    • List changes or advancements during 70's-80's-90's
    • Describe the evolution throughout the 70's-80's-90's
    • See if you answered your questions or are still pondering
    • Show how it evolved from the decades before it like the 1950's and 1960's 


Activity 2

 Presidential Project


Testing the limits of democracy


Pardoning Nixon By Gerald Ford
Jimmy Carter boring president?
Response to economic conservatism
Nation at risk of not educating all
​Strain of Cold War-Iran Iraq
90's response to conservatism
hip hop

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