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U.S. HistoryKey Terms

Carter Doctrine
Jimmy Carter’s declaration that efforts to interfere with American interests in the Middle East would be considered an act of aggression and be met with force if necessary
a culture that develops in opposition to the dominant culture of a society
Deep Throat
the anonymous source, later revealed to be associate director of the FBI Mark Felt, who supplied reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein with information about White House involvement in the Watergate break-in
the relaxation of tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union
conservative southern Democrats who opposed integration and the other goals of the African American civil rights movement
executive privilege
the right of the U.S. president to refuse subpoenas requiring him to disclose private communications on the grounds that this might interfere with the functioning of the executive branch
identity politics
political movements or actions intended to further the interests of a particular group membership, based on culture, race, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender, or sexual orientation
Pentagon Papers
government documents leaked to the New York Times that revealed the true nature of the conflict in Vietnam and turned many definitively against the war
men used by the White House to spy on and sabotage President Nixon’s opponents and stop leaks to the press
silent majority
a majority whose political will is usually not heard—in this case, northern, White, blue-collar voters
southern strategy
a political strategy that called for appealing to southern White people by resisting calls for greater advancements in civil rights
high inflation combined with high unemployment and slow economic growth
the Nixon administration’s policy of turning over responsibility for the defense of South Vietnam to Vietnamese forces
the Youth International Party, a political party formed in 1967, which called for the establishment of a New Nation consisting of cooperative institutions that would replace those currently in existence
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