• Textbook --> pp. 946 - 952.
  • FILM --> clips from "America's Century".
  1. What was the goal of President Nixon's "New Federalism"?
  2. In what ways did President Nixon both strengthen and weaken federal programs?
  3. What were some of the illegal means used by President Nixon in his attempts to restore "law and order" in the nation?
  4. Who was Vice President Agnew describing when he use the phrase "nattering nabobs of negativism?"
  5. What was meant by the Republican Party's "Southern Strategy"?  Why had many Democratic voters in the South become potential Republican supporters by 1968?
  6. How did President Nixon attempt to reverse previous civil rights policies of his predecessors?
  7. What factors brought on the country's economic downturn in the late 1960s and early 1970s?
  8. How did President Nixon battle stagflation?
  9. What was the philosophy of realpolitik?  How did it apply to President Nixon's foreign policy?
  10. What was the goal of détente?
  11. What were the effects of détente on U. S. dealings with communist countries?  on the American public?
  *  New Federalism    *  Warren Berger Court
  *  revenue sharing    *  stagflation
  *  impoundment    *  OPEC
  *  "enemies list"    *  Yom Kippur War [1973]
  *  Governor Spiro T. Agnew [MD]    *  realpolitik
  *  ..nattering nabobs of negativism..    *  détente
  *  "Southern Strategy"    *  "playing the China card"
  *  Swann v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg
     Board of Education
   *  SALT I Treaty


  • Textbook --> pp. 953 - 959.
  • FILM --> clips from "America's Century."
  1. What is meant by "the imperial presidency"?
  2. What role did President Nixon's key advisers play in the Watergate scandal?
  3. How did President Nixon's own personality contribute to his downfall?
  4. Why did the Nixon campaign team take such a risky action as breaking into the Democratic Party campaign headquarters at the Watergate Hotel in Washington, DC?
  5. What steps did the Nixon White House take to cover up its involvement in the Watergate break-in?
  6. What role did Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein play in the Watergate scandal?
  7. Why was the revelation that President Nixon had taped his conversations so significant to the Watergate committee investigation?
  8. What was the impact of the cover-up on the nation?  on President Nixon's image?
  *  Watergate    *  Judge John Sirica
  *  "?-gate"    *  John Dean
  *  the "Imperial Presidency"    *  Senator Sam Erwin [NC]
  *  John Mitchell    *  Senator Howard Baker [TN]
  *  H. R. Haldeman    *  What did the President know, and
      when did he know it?
  *  John Ehrlichman    *  Alexander Butterfield
  *  Committee to Reelect the President
   *  Archibald Cox
  *  Senator George S. McGovern [SD]    *  Elliot Richardson
  *  Bob Woodward & Carl Bernstein    *  Saturday Night Massacre
  *  "Deep Throat"    *  25th. Amendment
  *  James McCord    *  Gerald R. Ford
  *  G. Gordon Liddy    *  I am not a crook!
  *  the "plumbers"


  • Textbook --> pp. 960 - 967.
  • FILM --> clips from "America's Century".
  1. What did President Ford mean when he said:  Our long national nightmare is over!?
  2. Why did President Ford pardon former President Nixon?
  3. How did President Ford attempt to get the nation's economy back in shape?  What was a "W. I. N." button?
  4. How did Congress's economic agenda differ from that of President Ford?
  5. What factors played a significant role in Jimmy Carter's victory in 1976?
  6. How was President Carter's "style" different from that of his recent predecessors?
  7. Why was President Carter less than successful with a Congress controlled by his own party?
  8. How did the National Energy Act help ease America's energy crisis?
  9. Why did President Carter's popularity drop to dramatically by 1980?
  10. What long-term factors played a role in America's economic stagnation?
  11. What problems did critics have with President Carter's foreign policy philosophy?
  12. What led to the collapse of détente with the Soviet Union during the Carter administration?
  13. How was President Carter's treatment of the Shah of Iran inconsistent with his foreign policy philosophy?
  14. Why was the Middle East the area which gave President Carter both one of his greatest foreign policy achievements and one of his worst political defeats?
  *  Our national nightmare is over!    *  Ambassador Andrew Young
  *  W. I. N. button    *  human rights
  *  Helsinki Accords [1974]    *  Panama Canal Treaty
  *  Mayagüez Incident    *  political dissidents
  *  Governor Ronald Reagan [CA]    *  SALT II Treaty
  *  National Energy Act [1978]    *  Camp David Accords
  *  "malaise" speech    *  Ayattolah Khomeini
  *  "crisis of confidence"    *  444 Days
  *  "Rust Belt"    *  Nightline - "America Held Hostage!"
  *  "Sun Belt"


  • Textbook --> pp. 968 - 973.
  1. What effects did Rachel Carson's book have on the nation as a whole?
  2. Why does the U. S. celebrate Earth Day every April 22nd?
  3. What is the role of the EPA?
  4. What was one essential result of the Clean Air Act?
  5. What happened at Three Mile Island on March 28, 1979?  Why did this incident fuel a debate about nuclear power?
  6. Why was the court ruling against the Exxon Corporation for the Exxon Valdez oil spill significant?
  7. What are the major points of opposition to the environmental movement?
  *  Rachel Carson    *  Clean Air Act [1970]
  *  Silent Spring [1962]    *  Alaskan Pipeline
  *  Earth Day [April 22]    *  Three Mile Island
  *  environmentalism    *  Exxon Valdez Oil Spill
  *  Environmental Protection Agency 


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