The beginning of the 1970's was a time full of controversy. The Vietnam War still going on until 1973 and Nixon was caught in the Watergate scandal until 1974 when he resigned. Then it went on to new Presidents in Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter. So the main theme of this decade was the Watergate to Post Watergate periods. It affected American people then in that in different ways. At the beginning of the 70's the Vietnam was still going. This incited many protests and riots that were spurred from conflicting beliefs about the war, and other protests and riots in the 60's. This also effected Americans because the of the Watergate scandal. Some government officials were sent to jail and Nixon probably would have been impeached if he hadn't resigned. The country also faced a big change after Nixon's resignation with the unexpected new president Gerald Ford. The Watergate affair left the country struggling to recover. The economy also suffered from stagflation: when inflation and unemployment rise, but the economy remains stalled and stagnant. To make matters worse, a revolution in Iran also caused oil and gas shortages. This theme also effected the rebellious youths and adults of the decade. They found a new type a dance party music called disco. Unfortunately for many people and musicians though, along with this were illegal drugs and promiscuous sex. This was a large carrier of diseases like the AIDS virus that was later discovered in 1981.
Then it was out with the old and in with the new in 1976, when the country celebrated its bicentennial and Jimmy Carter was elected president. The effects of this were that relations with the Soviets worsened because of Carter's stand on certain issues, major energy conservation was starting to happen, civil rights and equal rights continued to be more of an issue, and by the end of the decade there was even worse inflation an unemployment. This was partially caused by Carter's deficit spending and attempt on slowing the economy. These problems would last into the 1980's.
Some of the ways the main theme of this decade effect us yet today are that many styles and music interests like disco bell bottoms are being brought back now. Also the Watergate scandal is still a very major historical issue, which we were reminded of when president Nixon died. Some of the issues of the 1970's, like Carter's energy conservation and preserving of the earth, we are still working toward today. There have also been many movies that have been made about the Vietnam War. Most notably Rambo or Platoon.
Events of This Decade
1970-A federal jury found "the Chicago 7" antiwar activists innocent
of conspiring to incite riots during the Democratic National Convention, but Five were
convicted of crossing state lines with intent to incite riots.