From ABC-CLIO's History Hub website
Post-Watergate Society, 1975-1989
OIL AND FOREIGN POLICY
These resources provide insight into how U.S. foreign policy of the 1970s was related to domestic dependency on oil. Use these resources to support your students' understanding of U.S. foreign policy and oil consumption during the 1970s. Use the Export to My Lists button above to turn this into a research list for your students.
Time Period Key Understandings
Historical events can shape political institutions
Legislative policy changes are often a result of events that led to demands for change
A nation's economic policy is tied closely to its foreign policy
Popular sentiments often change from left to right and can be represented on a pendulum
Conflicts resolution is not always intentional, conflicts can resolve naturally and over time
A nation's foreign policy actions have legacies that impact future foreign policy
A democratic nation's social and cultural norms and practices are likely to change
What were the reasons behind the formation of OPEC? Do you think their reasons for increasing prices and decreasing supplies during the 1970s were justified?
What do you think of the American response to the energy crisis of the 1970s? How do you think Americans would react to having to wait in hours-long lines to buy gasoline?
Why do you think the United States took such a hard line toward Iran in 1979? Do you think there was any way that this could have improved the already severe energy crisis?