Decades of Chang2

Decades of Chang2 - but over the long run may have made...

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Decades of Change - 1960-1980 The Rise of cultural and ethnic pluralism   In public policy, Ford followed the course Nixon had set.  Economic problems remained  serious, as inflation and unemployment continued to rise.  Ford first tried to reassure the  public, much as Herbert Hoover had done in 1929. When that failed, he imposed  measures to curb inflation, which sent unemployment above 8 percent.  A tax cut,  coupled with higher unemployment benefits, helped a bit but the economy remained  weak. In foreign policy, Ford adopted Nixon’s strategy of detente.  Perhaps its major  manifestation was the Helsinki Accords of 1975, in which the United States and Western  European nations effectively recognized Soviet hegemony in Eastern Europe in return  for Soviet affirmation of human rights.  The agreement had little immediate significance, 
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Unformatted text preview: but over the long run may have made maintenance of the Soviet empire more difficult. Western nations effectively used periodic "Helsinki review meetings" to call attention to various abuses of human rights by Communist regimes of the Eastern bloc. THE CARTER YEARS Jimmy Carter, former Democratic governor of Georgia, won the presidency in 1976. Portraying himself during the campaign as an outsider to Washington politics, he promised a fresh approach to governing, but his lack of experience at the national level complicated his tenure from the start. A naval officer and engineer by training, he often appeared to be a technocrat, when Americans wanted someone more visionary to lead them through troubled times....
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