Zinn Chapter 20

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A People’s History of the United States: Reflection Chapter 20 The Seventies: Under Control? This chapter is about a few things in particular: the growing American distaste for their government, the Watergate scandal, and the ending of the Vietnam War. As Zinn brings up immediately, “In the early seventies, the system seemed out of control—it could not hold the loyalty of the public,” (Zinn 541). Several opinion polls are brought up, all clearly showing the exaggerated difference between trust in the government and President in the sixties to the seventies. In 1964, in response to the question, “Is the government run by a few big interests looking out for themselves?” 26% of those polled said “yes”. In contrast, by 1972 the answer was “yes” from 56% of people (Zinn 542). What added to this distrust in the government was a variety of things; the Watergate scandal involving President Nixon was one of those things. Nixon resigned in August of 1974 after five burglars were caught breaking into the Democratic National Committee offices in June 1972. After resignation, people were unsure of what to do next. Would the next president behave similarly? The House Committee on Impeachment wanted to make it clear that they “did not want to emphasize those elements in his behavior which were found in other Presidents and which might be repeated in the future,” (Zinn 546). In addition to Watergate, the end of the Vietnam war, where victory had at first seemed the only outcome, also dampened…show more content…
I have a harder time connecting to history in the seventies because it’s all so recent, but I found the acts done in Vietnam cruel and unnecessary. In this chapter, with the excess of details on Watergate, I found myself attempting to distance myself from this country of mine. This kind of slimy back-handedness should not be found in a country leader such as this, but as Zinn definitely points out, it
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