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Nation of Nations A Concise Narrative of the American Republic Book Cover Image
Nation of Nations: A Concise Narrative of the American Republic, 3/e
James West Davidson, Historian
William E. Gienapp, Harvard University
Christine Leigh Heyrman, University of Delaware
Mark H. Lytle, Bard College
Michael B. Stoff, University of Texas, Austin

The Age of Limits (1965-1980)

Learning Objectives

When you have finished studying this chapter, you should be able to:

Explain how consumerism, environmentalism, and feminism (from Chapter 30 ) both continued the reform tradition and demonstrated limits to reform.

Understand how the Watergate crisis taxed the Constitutional system and forced the resignation of Richard Nixon.

Describe Henry Kissinger's efforts to preserve American power in the face of a weak economy and presidency.

Explain how the backlash to Watergate, Vietnam, and economic troubles led to the election of Jimmy Carter.

Describe how inflation, an energy crisis, and the hostage crisis undermined Carter's desire to create a more efficient government and a new moral climate in politics.

Understand how differences between Zbigniew Brzezinski and Cyrus Vance created strains in Carter's foreign policy.