The Sixties : Shaping America Into What It Is Today

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The Seventies: Shaping America into What it is Today “My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over”, this quote is by President Gerald Ford in addressing the nation in 1974. He is addressing the nation after President Nixon was impeached. This was not the only scandal plaguing the seventies. The seventies were full with right movements. Feminist revitalised their movements and gays truly started their movements. The seventies had a great impact on the lives of Americans. Major events impacted the lives of Americans in three major aspects, technical, political, and social. Politics in America were impacted by in voting laws. The Voting Rights Act was an amendment to past voting laws. They were mad because Latios and other…show more content…
The CIA’s scandal is closely related to President Nixon’s Watergate scandal. “On June 17, 1972, five men were arrested during a bungled break-in at the Democratic campaign headquarters at the Watergate hotel-apartment complex in Washington, D.C.” In June President Nixon and his Chief of Staff, Haldeman, were recorded on tape agreeing to order the CIA to disrupt the FBI’s investigation into the break-in at the Democratic National Committee. The following month the presidential tapes were made aware by the testimony of Alexander Butterfield. After these tapes were released the Watergate scandal was brought to a whole new level because now the white house was officially involved.(Zivich)This made people start to really question the government itself. After Watergate gained public attention Nixon resigned from office before he could be impeached. Gerald Ford took over as President. Gerald Ford was president for the rest of Nixon’s second term which was approximately another year and a half. Gerald Ford ran for office again. He ran against Jimmy Carter, who did end up winning the election. “Not only did Carter receive a bare majority of the popular vote and carry a minority of the states, but he also had a margin of only fifty-six electoral votes.” This was the first time a
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