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Wednesday: What happens after Nixon resigns the presidency? Gerald Ford is sworn in as the 38th president of the United States. He inherits a lot of problems, like what to do about Nixon and an oil crisis that hit in 1973. Here are some highlights of Ford’s presidency:

1.  What is OPEC? Why does it matter to US?

2. Watch this NBC broadcast of the OPEC oil crisis and see how it was reported as it happened.

3. Economic Crisis at home: Stagflation?

4. Buy American!

Extra video: Crash Course on Ford and Carter

Take notes on the main events in Ford’s presidency.

 

 

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Monday Music- Anticipation by Carly Simon, a top hit in February, 1972

In Class- Share your Vietnam reflections. We have a few presentations to see, everyone else will swap essays. Let’s see what you wanted to share!

We’ll also start Watergate and the end of Nixon’s presidency.

1. Nixon’s demise: Watergate (June 1972): The Final Report by National Geographic

2. Read your text for background information on the Watergate crisis and Nixon’s legacy. You can compare election ads from 2012 and 1968.

3. Nixon’s First Watergate Speech

4. Nixon’s Resignation Speech

Wednesday: What happens after Nixon resigns the presidency? Gerald Ford is sworn in as the 38th president of the United States. He inherits a lot of problems, like what to do about Nixon and an oil crisis that hit in 1973. Here are some highlights of Ford’s presidency:

1.  What is OPEC? Why does it matter to US?

2. Watch this NBC broadcast of the OPEC oil crisis and see how it was reported as it happened.

3. Economic Crisis at home: Stagflation?

4. Buy American!

Extra video: Crash Course on Ford and Carter

 

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Essential Questions: What do equal rights mean for different groups? How do people challenge and use power?

 

Monday: Look at how Latino Americans are still fighting for civil rights. Watch this clip, The Struggle in the Fields, to see what issues Latino Americans were facing in the late 1960s-1970s. What does Chicano mean?

Music- Barry McGuire performs On the Eve of Destruction

Homework- Finish the video and continue taking notes to be handed in on Wednesday

Tuesday: LMC Paper Day! We’ll meet in the LMC to start researching some topics for your Using History project. Start thinking of ideas!

Wednesday: Continue thinking about the Chicano movement. We’ll watch  Taking Back the Schools (to about 35:00 or so..). While watching, think about the video we watched on Monday and think about these questions:

  1. What were the harms and the injustices Chicano’s felt?
  2. What methods and motivations did the groups use to correct the injustices?
  3. What were the remedies sought? What demands were made?
  4. Who were the players and what did they each believe? Who supported the movement? Who did not?

Thursday: Vietnam introduction. We’ll look at Vietnam’s history to find out how the US got involved there at all. Here’s a copy of the power point we used in class if you need a reference! You can also check these pages in your textbook (768-776)

Friday: How does Vietnam affect us today? Look at the Gulf of Tonkin ResolutionWar Powers Resolution and the Iraq War Resolution to see how presidential war powers were impacted by the events in Vietnam.

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Essential Unit Questions: 

  1. What role does the Supreme Court play in a democratic society?
  2. How do US policies/actions impact the environment, media and cultures around the world?
  3. What causes presidential powers to expand and contract?
  4. What do equal rights mean for different groups?
  5. How do people challenge and use power?

 

Tuesday:

Music– I am Woman by Helen Reddy released in May 1972.

What do you already know about this period (1964-1980)? Where are there tensions economically, socially, politically? Think about how this period sees many different clashes and those tensions resolve themselves. We will review Johnson’s Great Society, look at our new essential questions, spend some time looking at the assassinations of MLK and Robert Kennedy. 

Wednesday: Continue our theme of tensions by looking at some issues faced by gay and lesbian groups. What were the challenges they faced and how did they protest? Watch a video the Stonewall uprising and take notes on the events you see.

Thursday and Friday: What words or images come to mind when you hear the word “feminist?” We’ll look closely at the second wave of feminism in the 1970s. We will watch The Makers from PBS to learn about the issues at stake for feminists, what their goals were, their challenges, and their legacy today.

What issues might women face today? Check out these articles on the “glass ceiling” and promotions for women and learn more about Venus Williams’ fight to get equal prize money at Wimbledon in 2005!

 

 

 

 

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