'70s War and Diplomacy

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The Vietnam Issue

While it began in the '60s, the Vietnam War pressed on well into the '70s, continuing to be the bane to American society. By this point, however, the vocal majority of Americans were sick of the loss of life, the draft, and the shame the war brought. Many protests were directed at ending the war, why it was necessary to even continue it, and the failure of the government to act in a way accordingly. Because the war continued on in such a manner, many people in this decade found themselves disillusioned with war in general and passionate about peace, but also distrusting and angry with the government that let it continue.

Restoring Bonds

The '70s was notable in its foreign relations, especially with the nations that held opposite ideals.

Under Nixon's presidency, relationships with China were restored despite their communism, and it was referred to officially for the first time by the president as its name, The People's Republic of China. Funnily enough, table tennis also played a large role in the restoration. Later known as "Ping Pong Democracy," the return to American and China friendships began with an invitation to a table tennis tournament, and an American acceptance to play. Ten months later and as a result, Nixon would visit the now more open China.

The newly restored alliance with China prompted Soviet-American relations to improve. President Nixon would meet the Soviet Party leader Brezhnev in Moscow for the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks, and from their, the Anti-Ballistic Missile treaty would be signed and the Cold War would begin to thaw for the two.

In the late '70s, President Carter would bring two enemies together, Israel and Egypt, and get them to sign a peace treaty in what would be known as the Camp David Accords. Though not directly an American treaty, it showed how America was willing to help others make peace at this time.