The Events Of The 1960 's And Through The 1970 ' S

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Rodena Woods –History 102- 12/12/15- Final Essay
How did the events from the later 1960’s and through the 1970’s contribute to cynicism and mistrust toward the nation’s leaders, especially those in politics?
The unexpected occurrences of the late 1960 's through the 1970’s led to a broad form of skepticism and distrust toward the countries ' leaders in a number of ways. The occurrences that impacted how Americans looked at the nation’s leader was complete disillusionment. They felt this way because of hidden secrets, corrupt scandals in the white house, continuous social and economic problems that seemed to never change and the ongoing Vietnam war which Americans were opposed too. Most Americans blamed the government for many of the
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It also demonstrated that Americans had enough and took a stand to fight the war by voicing their beliefs. It also reduced some of the anxiety America had with the proxy war and resulted in peace. Americans no longer had not worry about a nuclear war attack and more young lives being sacrificed or more funds being used to produce war necessities.The president 's strategy was to reduce the political cost of war, which could now happen because of the war ending. The war also closed many industries down due to the need for war materials which hurt the economy badly.
The second important development was the chaotic social and economic challenges that left many distraught, angry and pushing for reform. Some of the social challenges were racial discrimination against blacks such as segregation, inequality for women, and war at home. These social events lead to marches to protest and change laws. Women marched and took a stand to voice their beliefs and rights as women. The economic disaster was no secret either. The nation was undergoing war on poverty, loss of union jobs, global financial concerns, a decline in an American production, high unemployment which soared from 3.5 percent in 1969 to 8.5 percent in 1975. In addition, the yearly inflation was 6.2 percent in 1973. The economy faced a recession and city crisis in the 1970’s. Overall this evident crisis affected millions of Americans and they did not trust their political
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