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1Crisis, Resurgence, and the Millennium Learning U.S. History Via the Presidencies
2ASSIGNMENT: Use the following power point to complete the Presidential comparison charts regarding domestic and foreign policy
3THE NIXON PRESIDENCY (1969-1974) Sometimes known as the “Imperial Presidency” since the expansion of Presidential power reached its peakFailed to consult Congress about bombing Cambodia & Laos and mining North Vietnam’s harborUsed public funds to remodel private homesUsed the CIA and FBI to get info about political enemiesRefused to spend funds if Congress voted for programs he did not like
4Nixon’s Domestic Policy Eliminated several Great Society programsSought to end the draft, create strong anticrime laws, and advance environmental programsCreated the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA-sets & monitors air and water pollution standards) and the Endangered Species Act (requires Fish & Wildlife Service to list species of endangered plants and animals)
5Nixon’s Foreign Policy Withdrew troops from Vietnam, but increased bombing raids and financial aid to S. VietnamWith the help of Henry Kissinger (Sec. of State), he had 2 great foreign policy successesRe-opening of relations with China (1972) – wanted a more flexible situation in Asia in order to put pressure on N. Vietnam. Although strongly anti-Communist, Nixon became the 1st American President to visit mainland China
6Nixon’s Foreign Policy Continued… Détente with the Soviet Union (1972) – believed in pursuing a policy of detente (a relaxing of tensions) and introduced the policy to the Soviet UnionHe and Kissinger wanted to halt the build-up of nuclear weaponsBecame the 1st President to visit Moscow where he signed the SALT treaty limiting defensive missile systemsAlso agreed to sell American grain the Soviets to help with food shortagesWorked together to pressure Israel and Arab states to come to a cease-fire when war broke out in 1973
7Corruption in Nixon’s Presidency New Vice PresidentVice President Spiro Agnew resigned when it was discovered that he had taken bribes while Governor of MarylandUnder the Twenty-fifth Amendment, Nixon appointed Gerald Ford as his new Vice-PresidentWatergate Crisis (1972)A group of former CIA agents, working for Nixon’s re-election as President, were caught breaking into Democratic Party headquarters at the Watergate complex in Washington, D.C.
8More About Watergate The Cover-up Nixon tried to cover up an investigation into the break-in claiming it involved national securityInvestigative reporters reported the link to the White House, the Senate appointed a committee to investigate, and the Attorney General appointed a Special Prosecutor to examine any wrongdoing
9Even More About Watergate The TapesNixon had secretly recorded all of his own White House ConversationsNixon claimed executive privilege and refused to release the tapes to the Senate CommitteeU.S. v. Nixon (1974) – Nixon contended that being forced by a court to turn over tapes would lead to judicial control of the Presidency, but the Supreme Court ruled that he must turn over the tapes. This reaffirmed the principle that no one is above the lawNixon Resigned when the tapes revealed that he was involved in the cover up to avoid impeachment
10THE FORD PRESIDENCY (1974-1977) Gerald Ford had not even been elected as Vice-President but had been appointed by Nixon when Agnew resignedOne of his first acts as President was to pardon Nixon for any crimes he had committedThis decision came under heavy public criticism
11Ford’s Domestic Policy Economic problems plagued his administrationStagflation: high unemployment combined with inflation (this was contrary to what most economists believed – inflation only accompanied economic growth and full employment)OPEC (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries) was formed in In 1973, the Arab nations of OPEC used oil as a political weapon by imposing an oil embargo. High costs for energy had a significant impact on the American economy
12Ford’s Foreign PolicyThe Helsinki Accords – an international agreement between the U.S., Canada, the Soviet Union, and most European countries recognizing post WWII borders and promising respect for human rightsShowed his continuation of Nixon’s policy of détente with the Soviet Union
13THE CARTER PRESIDENCY (1977-1981) Since many Americans continued to blame Republicans for the Watergate scandal, Jimmy Carter (former Governor of Georgia) was elected President in the 1976 electionHe was a democrat who ran as an “outsider” promising to end corruption and “clean up” Washington
14Carter’s Domestic Policy Energy Crisis – created the Department of Energy & increased the oil in the nation’s “Strategic Petroleum Reserve”Stagflation – inflation & interest rates soared in Carter cut federal spending but inflation did not come down until 2 years laterCommunity Reinvestment Act – required banks to make credit available to poor communities
15Carter’s Domestic Policy continued… The environment – provided funds to clean up toxic waste & created the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to develop stricter standards for the peaceful use of nuclear energyDiversity – appointed women and minority members to government posts & sponsored a bill requiring public schools to provide instruction in their native language while trying to learn English
16Carter’s Foreign Policy Made human rights a priority, condemned apartheid in South Africa, pressured Soviet Union to allow Jews to emigrate, and cut aid to dictatorships that violated human rightsPanama Canal Treaty, 1977 – signed a treaty returning control of all of the Canal Zone, except for the canal itself, to Panama and agreed to turn over the canal to Panama by 2000
17Carter’s Foreign Policy continued… Camp David Accords, 1977 – invited Anwar Sadat, President of Egypt, and Menachem Begin, the Prime Minister of Israel, to the Presidential retreat at Camp David in Maryland. The goal was to reach a peace settlement between the two countries that had been at war periodically since Sadat and Begin won the Nobel Peace Prize, but many Arab leaders denounced the agreement.
18More of Carter’s Foreign Policy Continued U.S. Soviet Relations – When the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan in 1979, Carter halted grain sales to the Soviets, boycotted the 1980 Olympics in Moscow, and postponed ratification of a new arms agreement (SALT II)Iranian Hostage Crisis – When the Shah of Iran fled the country during a revolution in 1979, Ayatollah Khomeini representing Shiite Muslims took control. Iranian students seized the staff of the U.S. embassy in Tehran and held them hostage for more than a year. Carter was unable to secure their release.
19Short-cycle assessment: Rank Presidents Nixon, Ford, and Carter in order of who you think had the most effective Presidency to the least effective (1 is the highest and 3 the lowest). Give at least 2 reasons for placing each choice in its order.
20THE REAGAN AND BUSH PRESIDENCIES THE NEW CONSERVATISMTHE REAGAN AND BUSH PRESIDENCIES
21The Reagan Presidency (1981-1989) Was a popular Hollywood actor in the years after WWIIWas president of the actors’ union before entering politicsOriginally a Democrat, he grew more conservative over timeWas Governor of California in the 1960sWith running mate George H.W. Bush, won the Presidential election in 1980
22Reagan’s Domestic Policy Projected a confident, optimistic outlookIntroduced far-reaching changes to bring prosperity to many, although not to all AmericansReversed the trend of increased federal control over businesses that had begun in the Progressive Era (he believed that individuals and businesses were better able to solve their own economic problems than gov’t. agencies)
23Reagan’s Domestic Policy continued… Reaganomics – tax cuts, reduced federal welfare programs, deregulation of businesses, increased military spendingThe Federal Deficit/National Debt – promised government spending would not exceed amount of taxes raised, but increased military spending actually doubled the national debtTrade Imbalance – Americans bought more overseas goods than they sold. This trade imbalance led to the loss of millions of jobs and the closing of steel mills and auto plants
24Reagan’s Domestic Policy continued… Immigration Policy – The Mazzoli-Simpson Act (1986) “legalized” illegal aliens who had lived continuously in the U.S. since 1981Supreme Court – Reagan nominated Sandra Day O’Connor in 1981 as the first woman Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. In her early days on the court she was a conservative, but in the 1990s became a swing vote between liberal and conservative groups on the court.
25Reagan’s Foreign Policy Set out to rebuild American confidence in the aftermath of Vietnam, Watergate, and the Iran Hostage CrisisBelieved the U.S. had to continue to act as the world’s main defender of freedom and democracyThe Iranian hostages were released the day he took office
26Reagan’s Foreign Policy continued… The Reagan Doctrine – stated that the U.S. would not simply confine itself to the containment of Communism. It would also attempt to “roll-back” Communism by aiding anti-Communist “freedom fighters” in Afghanistan, Angola, Nicaragua, and Cambodia (He had set the precedent by sending troops to Granada after Communists had taken control).
27Reagan’s Foreign Policy continued… Believed in a policy of Peace through Strength (the best way to prevent war was for our enemies to think we had both the will and means to stop aggression)Proposed research into anti-ballistic defense system and the Strategic Defense Initiative (Star Wars)The War on Terrorism – no negotiation with terrorists and would retaliate against those harboring terrorists
28Reagan’s Foreign Policy continued… The Iran-Contra Affair – arose from a secret foreign policy operation in which the U.S. sold arms to Iran as part of a deal in exchange for the release of American hostages in Lebanon. Iran then diverted the arms to “Contra” rebels fighting communism in Nicaragua. This deal tarnished America’s credibility in the worldBeginning of the end of the Cold War – reforms in the Soviet Union, dismantling of thousands of nuclear weapons, overthrow of dictatorships and military governments in Latin America and the Philippines.
29THE GEORGE H.W. BUSH PRESIDENCY (1989-1993) Had served 2 terms as Reagan’s Vice PresidentPromised to continue Reagan’s policies, but with greater compassion for homeless and poorAlso promised to improve education and fight drug use
30Bush’s Domestic Policy Greatest challenge was to reduce the growing budget deficitWas able to cut military spending due to changes in Eastern Europe and the Soviet UnionAgreed to raise income taxes on the wealthy but was never able to make significant budget reductions
31Bush’s Domestic Policy continued… Supreme Court Appointments – appointed several to the Supreme Court leading to a conservative majority. It toughened rules for criminal defendants, reduced the scope of abortion rights, and introduced important topicsThe Recession – The U.S. gradually moved back into a recession by Blamed on reduced spending. Foreign competition led to less demand for some American products leading to lay-offs in key industries (steel, auto, etc.)
32Bush’s Domestic Policy continued… Civil Rights and Unrest – Recession was especially hard on young African Americans. Riots erupted in Los Angeles and other cities.Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 – prohibited discrimination against people with disabilities in employment and public accommodations. Guaranteed equal treatment and handicap accessibility
33Bush’s Foreign PolicyInvasion of Panama, 1989 – Sent U.S. forces to Panama where they captured Panamanian dictator and drug-dealer Manuel Noriega and restored democratically elected leaders. Noriega was taken to the U.S. where he was tried and convicted on drug charges.End of the Cold War, – Eastern Europe moved from Communism to democracy, the Berlin Wall was torn down, and Germany reunited. The Soviet Union dissolved in Russia and the other independent republics were recognized by Bush and offered economic assistance.
34Bush’s Foreign Policy continued… The Gulf War, 1990 – Bush’s greatest single foreign policy success. Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait, capturing vast oil wealth and extending Iraq’s border. When he refused U.N. requests to withdraw, forces under the leadership of the U.S. launched an attack. In just a few days, Hussein agreed to remove Iraqi troops and pay Kuwait for damages. Bush refused to go further by removing Hussein from power, but American power was increased in the Middle East.
35Bush’s Foreign Policy continued… Somalia – In 1992, President Bush began a humanitarian airlift of food and supplies to Somalia in northeast Africa. Millions of people faced starvation as a result of war. When local warlords and bandits continued to steal and threaten food shipments, Bush sent in U.S. troops.
36THE CLINTON PRESIDENCY (1993-2001) Came from a poor Arkansas background, but studied as a Rhodes scholar in England and attended Yale University, where he met his wife HilaryWas able to unite different groups within the Democratic Party as well as many independent votersA contributing factor to his success was the weakening of Bush’s authority by third-party candidate, Ross Perot. Perot gained 20% of the vote, making him one of the most successful third-party candidates in history.
37Clinton’s Domestic Policy Promised ambitious reforms, but had difficulty getting Congressional supportHe limited federal spending, increased taxes for 40% of the richest Americans, and cut taxes for low-income familiesHe promised guaranteed health insurance and appointed his wife to head a task force on health care but was unable to get a bill passed through Congress
38Clinton’s Domestic Policy continued… As a “New Democrat”, he supported welfare reform, free trade, lower taxes on the middle class, and tough measures on crimeHis relaxing restrictions on exports (especially high tech good) helped restore the economy, and thanks to a reduction in military spending with the end of the Cold War, the economy was thriving.He was able to balance the nation’s budget, unemployment was down, consumer spending was up, and business profits were at an all time high
39Impeachment and Scandal In his second term in office, Clinton became the subject of a major scandal and was brought before the Senate for an impeachment trial.It was found that he had lied under oath about a sexual affair with a White House intern.The House of Representatives voted to impeach, but the Senate failed to reach a 2/3 majority to remove the President from office.Once again, Americans felt they could not trust their elected leaders.
40Clinton’s Foreign Policy Though he had little experience in foreign policy, some of his greatest successes were in that areaThe Balkans (Yugoslavia, Bosnia, Kosovo) – The end of the Cold War caused renewed ethnic tensions in Bosnia & Serbia, which had been part of Yugoslavia. Serbs attempted genocide against Muslims living in Bosnia and Kosovo.Clinton helped negotiate peace there and afterwards, used NATO air strikes against Serbia. This eventually led to a compromise peace.
41Clinton’s Foreign Policy continued… Pushed for NAFTA (North Atlantic Free Trade Agreement), which had originally been negotiated by Bush.Free trade between Canada, U.S., and MexicoGradually phases out tariffs between themChina – though Clinton pressed China for human rights reform, he separated this demand from trade issues.A U.S. missile accidentally struck the Chinese embassy in Yugoslavia, which strained relationsU.S trade with China continued and we even helped China join the World Trade Organization
42Short-cycle assessment: Rank Presidents Reagan, G.H.W. Bush, and Clinton in order of who you think had the most effective Presidency to the least effective (1 is the highest and 3 the lowest). Give at least 2 reasons for placing each choice in its order.
43THE GEORGE W. BUSH PRESIDENCY (2001-2009) Son of former President George H.W. Bush (Governor of Texas) became President after winning a majority of the Electoral College in the closest Presidential election in U.S. historyHe defeated Al Gore, Clinton’s Vice President, who had won the popular vote
44Bush’s Domestic Policy Pushed through a tax cut to attempt to revitalize the economyPromoted education reform and introduced the No Child Left Behind Act requiring states to test all students in English and mathHad to take measures to deal with a financial crisis at the end of his second term
45Bush’s Foreign PolicyMuch was dictated by terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.Bush declared a global “War on Terror” against nations that harbored terrorists.Ordered air and ground assaults which toppled the Taliban and destroyed al-Qaeda’s basesCreated Transportation Security Agency (TSA), Dept. of Homeland Security, & USA PATRIOT Act
46Bush Foreign Policy continued… War in Iraq – feared that Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein might provide biological, chemical, or possible nuclear weapons to terroristsHussein refused to allow U.N. inspectors in to search for weaponsBush gave him an ultimatum to leave the country or face invasionU.S. & U.N. Forces invaded in April 2003Hussein was eventually captured and tried for his crimes
47THE OBAMA PRESIDENCY (2009 – PRESENT) Won one of the hardest fought elections in U.S. historyDefeated Hillary Clinton to win the Democratic nomination then beat John McCain in the election for PresidentReceived a tremendous boost when Oprah Winfrey publicly endorsed him (she was a self-made superstar who appealed to women and African American voters)
48Importance of the 2008 election First African American President (son of a Kenyan father and white American mother)Campaigned on a promise of changeLongest Presidential campaign in U.S. historyRapid rise in politics from a position of obscurity just a few years beforeUsed the Internet to gather support and campaign contributions
49Obama’s Domestic Policy Response to financial crisisAmerican Recovery and Reinvestment Act: purpose was to jumpstart the economyMore than $700 billion was spend in government bailouts designed to create new jobs, save existing ones, spur the economy, and invest in long-term infrastructure developmentRegulated credit cards, lending and banking practicesPassed a controversial health care reform act
50Obama’s Domestic Policy Continued… Appointed Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme CourtFirst Hispanic Justicethird woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme court
51Obama’s Foreign Policy Gradually withdrew American troops from IraqIncreased U.S. troops in Afghanistan to try to stabilize the country and revitalize developmentThe “Arab Spring” – discouraged dictators from using force to suppress democracy movementsEncouraged Pakistan to take a more aggressive stance on terrorism (U.S. troops tracked down and killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan)
52Obama’s Foreign Policy Continued… Has maintained close ties with EuropeProblems facing his foreign policyIran is suspected of developing nuclear weapons, sponsors terrorist groups, and openly threatens Israel’s existenceSeeks to work with Israelis and Palestinians to achieve a two-state solution to their problemsChina continues to sell a large number of goods to Americans while its investors buy a great deal of U.S. Treasury notes, supporting the large U.S. debt
53Short-cycle Assessment Briefly describe how the elections of 2000 and 2008 were significant and unique in American politics.
54ASSIGNMENT: Use the following slides to answer the questions in your notes packet.
55DEVELOPMENTS IN THE TIME OF CRISIS AND RESURGENCE ERA, CONTRACT WITH AMERICA, ROOTS OF CONSERVATISM, POPULATION CHANGES, INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS,THE AMERICAN DREAM
56THE EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT Proposed in 1923 pledging “equality of rights under the law…for all sexes”Failed to pass each session of Congress for almost fifty yearsFinally approved in 1972 and sent to states with a 7 year time limit for ratification (was extended to 1982, but still fell 3 states short)Has been reintroduced into every Congress since that timeOne outspoken critic was Phyllis Schlafly
57ROOTS OF CONSERVATISMA number of leading conservative groups supported Reagan in the 1980 Presidential electionNational Rifle Association – first time in history it supported a Presidential candidate. Wanted to relax the Gun Control Act of 1968.The Moral Majority – composed mainly of Fundamentalist Christians. Begun by Jerry Falwell, it favored strict interpretation of the Bible, social conservatism, and anti-Communism. Dissolved in 1989.
58ROOTS OF CONSERVATISM Continued… Heritage Foundation – strongly influenced many of Reagan’s policies. Based in Washington, D.C., it was a “think-tank” seeking to promote conservative principles based on free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, values, and strong national defense. An example of a non-profit lobbying group attempting to influence legislators.
59THE IMPACT OF GEOGRAPHY ON HISTORY Until the 1970s, most Americans lived in the Northeast and Midwest. The Southeast was considered too hot and humid in summers, and the West too dry and remoteGovernment-built dams made water more available in the West. Rising oil prices made mild winters in the South more attractive and air conditioning made things easier to cool.Population in the “Sun Belt” has grown 4 times faster than in the Northeast and Midwest placing a greater burden on the environment
60CONTRACT WITH AMERICAIn 1994, Newt Gingrich, Republican Speaker of the House proposed a program of conservative principles (Contract with Am.)Endorsed by most Republican candidates to attempt to win control of the House of Representatives during mid-term elections in Clinton’s PresidencySought to restore balance between government and citizens, reduce the size of government, and make it more responsive to the people
61INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS World Trade Organization (WTO) – an international organization that establishes rules for global trade and helps settle trade disputesUnited Nations – global cooperation helps all countries improve their economies and security. Helps strengthen relationships among memberNATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization), SEATO (Southeast Asia Treaty Organization), OAS (Organization of American States), APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) are other organizations to which we belong
62ACHIEVING THE AMERICAN DREAM Refers to the idea that any American can be successful through the right combination of ambition, talent, and hard work. Examples can be found in the following people:Bill Gates – co-founder of Microsoft. Among the 1st to recognize the potential of the personal computer. Obtained a contract from IBM in the 1980s to produce software.Sam Walton – started his own five-and-dime store in Arkansas with a vision to create a chain of stores with a large variety of products. Walmart and Sams have become the world’s largest retailer.
63CONTINUING THE AMERICAN DREAM Estee Lauder – Founded a cosmetics company with her husband. Pioneered new promotions and marketing concepts.Robert Johnson – First African-American billionaire and founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET). Sold it in 1998 for $1.5 billion. In 2003, became owner of the Charlotte BobcatsLionel Sosa – founded the largest Hispanic advertising agency in the U.S., advised several Republican candidates, and encouraged Latinos to “compete and win.”
64Short-cycle Assessment: Create a storyboard of any four events from your notes questions and the power point on Crisis and ResurgenceDivide your paper into quadrantsEach section should have a title (your topic), a picture describing it, a 3 to 4 sentence paragraph description, and a question you would ask about it
65HAPPENINGS IN THE NEW MILLENIUM CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUES RAISED AFTER 9/11, HURRICANE KATRINA, FINANCIAL CRISIS
66CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUES (9/11) USA PATRIOT ACT – greatly expanded authority of law enforcement and intelligence agencies to monitor private communication and get personal information. Some limits have been placed on their authority since then.The TSA – beefed up security at airports. Questions raised include rights regarding searching people and luggage and what is reasonable and not.Military Tribunals – try legal residents who were not citizens of the U.S. on charges of terrorism. The questions – does this violate “due process” of the 5th Amendment and does it apply only to U.S. citizens?
67HURRICANE KATRINALed to the evacuation and flooding of almost 80% of New Orleans and other parts of the Gulf CoastBrought the highest storm surge and waves ever recorded to hit North America and exceeded the engineering design of the New Orleans leveesCostliest on recordKilled more than 1,800 people, many were stranded for days on rooftops and in attics, and almost 20,000 were trapped in the Superdome
68FINANCIAL CRISIS OFBackground – When the stock market dropped sharply in 2000, the Federal Reserve lowered interest rates to stimulate the economy.Many began speculating in the housing market due to low rates and poor banking and lending practices ensuedOverbuilding led to falling house prices and interest rates began to rise. Foreclosures began to rise.Efforts by the government to help stimulate the economy failed
69CONTINUING CRISISIn September 2008, the federal government took over the nation’s largest mortgage lenders, but the crisis continued to spiral out of control.Banks stopped lending and credit for individuals and businesses dried upThe Emergency Economic Stabilization Act (2008) authorized the Sec. of the Treasury to spend up to $700 billion to keep banks from failingThe Treasury and Fed. Reserve provided emergency funding to several organizations