FilmQ09_President Carter’s Administration: Just Like ‘Starting Over’.
1. In 1976, America celebrated its 200 th birthday. Why was the Bicentennial celebration so important to America? Why was it so necessary?
2. Why was America’s prestige, nationally and internationally, at an all-time low?
3. The 1970s is known as the “me” decade. What prompted the individuality and self- absorption that earned the decade this title?
4. In 1976, Georgia governor and peanut farmer Jimmy Carter became president of the United States. What was the appeal of this unlikely presidential candidate?
5. The 1970s were a time of political apathy. What caused this political apathy and malaise? Why had the American voters lost confidence in their government and leaders?
6. America in the 1970s experienced a severe energy crisis. Discuss how this crisis affected the American economy and society.
7. In 1978, Dan White, a disgruntled city employee in San Francisco, murdered mayor George Moscone and openly gay city supervisor Harvey Milk. How did these murders help to advance the Gay Liberation Movement?
8. How did the disco scene of the 1970s reflect the political and social apathy of the era?
9. Iranian students held Americans hostage for over 400 days in the late 1970s. Why was Iran so anti-United States?
10. Ronald Reagan won the presidency in 1980 and became one of America’s most popular presidents. What was the appeal of this former actor?
Source: The Twentieth Century: America’s Time. “Starting Over”. (3 clips, about 15 min. each.)