The Youth Movement, Counterculture, and Anti-War Protests

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What was the most important problem America faced in the 1970s?

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The biggest issue in the 1970s was the economy. Socially, the country was trying to figure out how to put the pieces back together. The healing could not really begin until the economy was strong. We also had the effects of the draft to deal with, which had both social and economic implications. Unlike other wars, there was little support for the Vietnam war from either soldiers or the community. So the country had to deal with the psychological and financial trauma.

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Probably the people who suffered from the Recession of 1975 would describe it as the most important problem.  Coming after the oil embargo by OPEC after the American government decided to resupply the Israel military during the Yom Kippur wars, an embargo which created an oil shortage in the country, as well as driving gasoline prices up, the economic recession put many people out of work after numerous companies and huge apartment complexes and developments went bankrupt. And, with double digit-inflation during the Carter presidency, the economy was in a shambles.

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From a cultural historical perspective, it may be argued that the most important cultural problem was the counterculture movements epitomized by the Hippies. While the Hippies had various objectives, including the freedom of unrestrained expression and inner self-fulfillment ("Tell it like is" and "Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair."), an unintended spin-off counterculture movement was the drug scene and the "happenings" that drug experimentation (then, it was experimentation) engendered. The consequences of these cultural problems have not left us yet, and one might argue they have only escalated over time.

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In the early 1970's I would have to say that Vietnam, namely getting out of Vietnam...

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