How Did The Cold War Influence The Politics Of The 1970's

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The 1970’s was an extremely influential era on American political issues, policies and leaders. The successes and failures of the political endeavors that the United States was involved in has made direct influence in our modern day society. Our country was faced with three different political leaders during the seventies and the way they shaped their policies and how they handled foreign policy shaped the way for America to embrace the future. The seventies were a time of change in America, after the war, Americans were experiencing an economic boom. The beginning of the 1970’s saw an administration ran by President Richard Nixon, in 1968 Nixon was voted into office and began changing the policies set by President Johnson just years earlier. He disagreed and fought against Johnson’s War on Poverty. Nixon also felt extremely weary of the school desegregation and advocated the American people to get behind a domestic model called “New Federalism” Nixon however has a primary focus on foreign policy, he came up with the Nixon Doctrine that would give financial compensation to American Allies. Nixon’s plan was to have a détente with China, the Siagon and Soviet Union split allowed for Nixon to take advantage of these countries and ultimately changed the outcome of the Cold War. Nixon was involved in various scandals during his presidency that still resonate in the American people’s minds. The Watergate scandal is one of the…show more content…
Conflicts were fueled by various events and leaders and left the world in constant fear of political combat. The outcomes of the Cold War can be seen as both a victory and a loss. The United States and the Soviet Union remained strong and both came out of the cold war as a super power. Countries became heavily independent on aid from the United States. The aftermath of the Cold War was felt in the United States long after the war had
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