Unit Twelve Activities


Carter’s Malaise Speech
Download the speech here. Answer the following questions in complete sentences.

  1. Define malaise.
  2. The term malaise is never used by Carter. Why then do Carter's critics refer to this address as the "malaise" speech?
  3. What were the causes of the malaise or "crisis in confidence" in the 1970s?
  4. What does he urge Americans to do in response to this "crisis in confidence"?
  5. In the speech [parts of which are not included in this excerpt], President Carter calls on the American people to ration and conserve their resources. He goes so far as calling simple actions, like cutting down on unnecessary trips or using public transportation, "acts of patriotism." Is Carter justified in asking Americans to conserve and ration gasoline, even if it reduces their quality of life? Why or why not?
  6. Reflecting on your own sense of confidence in the United States today, do you think the next five years will be better than the last five? Explain.
  7. As a historical document, what value, if any, do you think a historian would find in Carter’s speech?
  8. As a historical document, what limits the value of this speech for a historian?


Crimes of Watergate Activity
Download the document here. Read the document and answer the questions that follow in complete sentences in your spiral.


Nixon’s Legacy: Positive or Negative?
Despite significant domestic and foreign policy achievements, Nixon’s presidency will forever be linked to the Watergate scandal. On August 9, 1974, President Nixon resigned, becoming the first president in U.S. history to do so. Based upon class discussions and the reading of the textbook, decide if Nixon’s legacy is positive or negative. If the conclusion is positive, create a commemorative plaque in his honor. If the conclusion is negative, created a “Wanted” poster. The plaque or poster should be 8 1/2 X 11 inches in size, neat, colorful, presentable and must include the following:

  1. a title
  2. a picture of Nixon
  3. two or three important and praiseworthy accomplishments of Nixon OR two or three objectionable actions of Nixon
  4. two actual quotes by Nixon that accurately reflect the conclusion drawn

Student Protest Movement
Download the excerpts here. Using the excerpts, answer the following questions in complete sentences:
  1. The Port Huron Statement is a call for action, but to whom, or for whom, is Hayden speaking?
  2. What aspects of the US situation does Hayden and the SDS find most deplorable?
  3. What does Savio identify as perhaps the “greatest problem of our nation”?
  4. Compare and contrast the two speeches. Are there any similarities and/or differences in tone, audience, intent, and message?
  5. Considering together the statements by Hayden and Savio, what can we learn about the nature of American universities at the beginning of the 1960s? What is the relationship (real and perceived) of the universities to the society at large?


Vietnam DBE
Using the Vietnam DBE Packet, complete the DBE Planning Worksheet.


War Powers Act Reading
Download the reading here. Answer the following questions in complete sentences:

  1. What does the Constitution say about war powers? What did its framers set out to avoid?
  2. What international developments in the late 1940s allowed the president to take control of war powers?
  3. Why did Congress pass the War Powers Resolution in 1973? Why did President Nixon veto it?
  4. How have presidents avoided being tied to the provisions of the resolution?
  5. Why was Congress unable to act decisively before the Persian Gulf War?
  6. How successful is the War Powers Resolution at limiting the power of the President as Commander-in-chief?