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Sheet1 Page 1 Chapter 25: The Post-Watergate Period, 1974-1980. Section 1: The Ford Administration -Vice President Gerald Ford took over as President after Nixon resigned in August 1974. -In September 1974, Ford used his power as President to pardon Nixon for any crimes he might have committed while in office. Ford believed that this action would help end the scandal, allowing the country to move on to other issues. -Instead, Ford recieved angry criticism for the pardon. Many people felt it was unfair for Nixon to escape punishment for his role in Watergate. -The nation also faced serious economic problems. Both inflation and unemployment had risen during the early 1970s. By the time Ford became President, the conomy was in its worst recession since the Great Depression of the 1930s. -Ford often disagreed with the Democratic-controlled Congress on economic policies. Ford believed in limited gov't, while Congress wanted to take direct action to help the economy improve. -In foreign policy, Ford followed Nixon's strategy of working to relax Cold War tensions. American relations with China continued to improve. -Ford continued arms control talks with the Soviet Union. U.S. policy was less successful in Southeast Asia. -In 1975, Communist North Vietnam completed its conquest of South Vietnam. -Ford had asked Congress for military aid for South Vietnam, but Congress refussed. THE WAR POWERS ACT of 1973
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This note was uploaded on 05/13/2010 for the course USH US History taught by Professor Mize during the Spring '10 term at West Point.

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