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Chapter 40 The Stalemated Seventies APUSH
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The economy stagnates in the 1970s After the flurry of economic growth in the 1950s and 1960s, the US economy stagnated in the 1970s. Not one year of this decade had a growth rate that even matched a year of the two preceding decades. The Baby-Boomers were the first generation that faced the possibility of having a standard of living lower than their parents.
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Cause of the decline? 1. Part of this trend was due to the fact that more women and teens were in the workforce and had less skill and made less money than males. 2. Declining investment machinery and US regulations that were costly in the areas of safety and health regulations also limited growth during this period.
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Causes of the decline 3. Former President Lyndon B. Johnson’s spending on the Vietnam War and on his Great Society Program also depleted the US treasury.
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Causes of the decline 4. The US did not continue advancing in industry and were dominated by the Japanese and Germans in industries once ruled by the US (steel, automobiles, consumer electronics).
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Nixon “Vietnamizes” the War Upon taking office on Jan. 20, 1969, President Richard Nixon urged American’s to stop tearing each other apart on the issue of the Vietnam war and race issues and cooperate. He was very skilled in foreign affairs and to cope with the Vietnam dilemma, he used a policy called “Vietnamization” in which 540,000 American troops would be pulled out of the Southeast Asian nation.
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Nixon Doctrine “Vietnamization” - the South Vietnamese would slowly fight their own war, and the US would only supply arms and money; this was called the Nixon Doctrine. While outwardly seeming to appease, Nixon divided the country into supporters and opponents.
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Silent majority Nov. 3, 1969 - Nixon delivered a dramatic televised appeal to the “silent majority” – those people he felt in the United States that still supported the war effort.
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Nixon begins to refer to college protestors and anti-war demonstrators as “bums.” The Vietnam conflict has become the longest war in American history.
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The war was fought generally by the least privileged in America. College students and critically skilled civilians were exempt. Reports of dissension in the army. Soldiers slogged through grimy mud and unfamiliar jungle, trusting nothing and becoming paranoid.
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My Lai Massacre The My Lai Massacre of 1968, in which American troops had brutally massacred innocent women and children in the village of My Lai also led to more opposition to the war.
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1970 – Nixon ordered an attack on Cambodia, Vietnam’s neighbor.
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War North Vietnamese had been using Cambodia as a springboard for funneling troops and arms. April 29, 1970 – Nixon suddenly ordered
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