The Seventies As time marched forward into the seventies, so did the troops in Viet Nam. The war was continued, although opposition increased. Finally, when the war did not end, and President Nixon lied about bombing Cambodia, American faith in government, traditional values, and policies hit an all-time low. Then the Watergate crisis was made public! President Nixon fought the charges, stating "I am innocent” to no avail. At last, he resigned his position and Gerald Ford took his office. This rookie President was faced with a small recession and then, an oil crisis, and a larger recession. Meanwhile, the American people sought a refuge from these problems. Release was found in a strong woman’s movement, discos, jogging, and tennis. During the Bicentennial, people rediscovered a patriotism that had been lost during the Viet Nam era. When election time rolled around Americans saw a new patriotic comfort in the unheard-of dark horse, Governor James (Jimmy) Carter. When he was elected President, Carter started by keeping the good feeling of American life and patriotism. He signed a peace treaty between Egypt and Israel. He also imposed a wheat embargo against Russia when the Soviets invaded Afghanistan. By the end of the decade, American patriotic spirit had peaked. The spirit remained high, but Americans became indignant when Iranian students took forty-four American diplomats hostage and held them as the decade came to a close. The recession and turmoil in the early I970’s affected the Wardlaw and Hartridge schools. In an effort to preserve their fine traditions, the two schools merged in 1976 not only as a means of survival but also to enhance the qualities of each. The Wardlaw School’s Inman Ave. campus housed the upper grades, while the Hartridge campus was the home of the lower grades, kindergarten through seventh. Thus, the Wardlaw-Hartridge School was formed, and the campus arrangement remain. Initial difficulties were soon worked out, and soon sports, academics, and social life were thriving. Chairpersons of the Merger Committees CAMP DAVID ACCORDS FINALIZED 12-7-78. President Anwar Sadat of Egypt and Prime Minister Menachem Begin of Israel embrace and President Carter applauds following announcement of the historical peace initiative. The agreement represents a major breakthrough in the 30-year Middle East conflict. i
SHAH is u s »®|,E I Abortion March In the early 1900s, women’s right advocates demonstrated for the right to share in their own government by means of the vote. In the early 1970s some of them demanded the right to control their own bodies — through abortion. New York and a few other states responded with liberalized abortion laws. % ! l ANTI-SHAH DEMONSTRATORS 12-11-78. Demonstrators fill the streets of Tehran in opposition to the Shah of Iran, whom they claim is a "puppet” of the United States. Marchers called for the Shah’s overthrow in favor of exiled Moslem leader Ayatullah Khomeini. Kent State Killings Students at Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, come to the aid of a fellow student who was wounded when, on May 4, 1970, national guardsmen fired tear gas and then bullets, killing four students and injuring several others. The guardsmen were on the campus to put down antiwar demonstrations, which had culminated in the burning of a university building. ANCIENT TREASURES OF KING TUT 12-20-78. The treasures of Tutankhamun are displayed for the public at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. Included is the much-publicized solid gold mask, which is adorned with colored glass, carnelian and minerals.