Site Loader

The 1970s are famous for bell-bottoms and the rise of disco, but it was also an era of economic struggle, cultural change, and technological innovation. Some events may include the Energy Crisis, US Invades Cambodia and the Ford Pinto is recalled. These events have a theme in common which is protests and goes to the extremes of killing people. Protests can take many different forms, from individual statements to mass demonstrations. Protesters may organize a protest as a way of publicly making their opinions heard in an attempt to influence public opinion or government policy, or they may undertake direct action in an attempt to directly enact desired changes themselves. These events have had a big impact on the way of shaping today’s society.
The first event that has had a great impact on the 1970’s and the theme of protest is when the US invades Cambodia. President Richard Nixon declared it in front of a television audience that the American military troops, accompanied by the South Vietnamese People’s Army, were to invade Cambodia. The invasion was under the pretext of disrupting the North Vietnamese supply lines. They also invaded in order to bomb and destroy the Viet Cong base camps, that were backing up the other operations in South Vietnam. Although Nixon officially declared the invasion in April, there had been air raids in Cambodia for the past year, without the American Citizens’ knowledge. Basically, Nixon had been ordering bombings Cambodia for months before actually declaring an Invasion. The image of Nixon appeared not only on television sets all over the world but in the New York Times and on the cover of Time magazine. many of the citizens felt failed by the President they trusted. The relief that the soldiers may have been coming home quickly fled the minds of all of their waiting families. All the people of America became filled with anger and shock. As a result, protests both peaceful and violent erupted across the country. This reaction was significant in the Vietnam War conflict because it marked the beginning of the large disagreement between the American Citizens and the Military arrangements that Nixon declared. The protests and strikes had a dramatic impact, and convinced many Americans, particularly within the administration of President Richard Nixon, that the nation was on the verge of insurrection. We see today in society the same type of activity just like the Cambodia invasion but another event had the same backlash from the public as of the news of the Cambodia invasion which was the gas crisis.
The second event that was marked as an important event in the 1970’s was the Energy Crisis. It was a period when the major industrial countries of the world, particularly the United States, Canada, Western Europe, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand, faced substantial petroleum shortages, real and perceived, as well as elevated prices. The oil crises of the 1970’s had a profound impact on American society, the country’s economic and environmental policies and politics, and the United States’ diplomatic relations with the world. The crisis began to unfold as petroleum production in the United States and some other parts of the world peaked in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The crisis led to stagnant economic growth in many countries as oil prices surged. The period was not uniformly negative for all economies. Petroleum-rich countries in the Middle East benefited from increased prices and the slowing production in other areas of the world. Some other countries, such as Norway, Mexico, and Venezuela, benefited as well. In the United States, Texas and Alaska, as well as some other oil-producing areas, experienced major economic booms due to soaring oil prices even as most of the rest of the nation struggled with the stagnant economy. Many of these economic gains, however, came to a halt as prices stabilized and dropped in the 1980s. Not only did this crisis affect the big oil companies such as shell but also the people. All over the country, people wasted gallons of gas waiting in line for the gas they were afraid wouldn’t be there the next week. The crisis was the only news story anyone cared about. A protest outside Philadelphia turned violent. People stood guard beside their cars at night against thieves who siphoned out fuel. Protests were a big part of this event that left people without gas or on rations so they had to have a voice along with the many other Americans during this time. During the Energy crisis, the middle east was thriving because they kept raising the price of petroleum since it was at a high demand. The U.S. had political ties with some of the middle eastern countries which supplied the petroleum to them but since the whole United States was suffering from this shortage, they couldn’t offer it to them for cheap and not all at once but in small quantities that is why gas stations needed to ration. A lot of cars waited in lines varying in size and the type of gas it took including a car that was recalled during the 1970’s the Ford Pinto.
Another impactful event during the decade of 1970 was the Ford Pinto recalling. The Ford Pinto is a subcompact car that was manufactured and marketed by Ford Motor Company in North America. the Pinto was also the first mass-produced American car sold with rack and pinion steering. Since the 1970s, the safety reputation of the Ford Pinto has been surrounded by controversy; its fuel-tank design attracted both media and government attention after several deadly fires related to rear-end collisions. Because of all the tragic incidents that the Ford Pinto was causing, huge groups of people were forming together all across the nation and calling out/protesting against ford using something called a Class Action. It’s a plaintiff which sues a defendant or a number of defendants on behalf of a group, or class, of absent parties. Just like Cambodia and the Energy Crisis, people are exercising their voices for issues that need to be brought up to the surfaces and solved. The 1970’s was the uprising of protests which had a significant impact o society back then so much that the concept of protesting is a big part of society today. Protesting isn’t necessarily bad it basically means that people don’t agree on certain terms with others and things need to be straightened out. These three events that happened during the decade of 1970 are excellent examples of change and global impact.

Post Author: admin