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The Year of My Birth 1979 So here I was arriving into the world at the end of the 70s the wildest and craziest decade since the Roaring 20s Hairstyles clothing fashions music and dance and just about every other aspect of society was experiencing a liberating and expanding consciousness It seems I missed all the fun Major trends included a growing disullisionment of government advances in civil rights increased influence of the womens movement a heightened concern for the environment and increased space exploration Amid war social realignment and presidential impeachment proceedings American culture flourished Indeed the events of the times were reflected in and became the inspiraton for much of the music literature entertainment and even fashion Major National Political EventsIssues Page 2 There was a lot going on in America in 1979 Jimmy Carter was President along side him Walter Mondale as Vice-President The US Congress had sizable Democratic majorities in both houses but still blocked most of the Presidents program in one house or the other During their first session Congress was an independent argumentative and voter-conscious body They seemed more focused on special-interest lobbies rather than passing the Presidents proposals Throughout the first session Congress recessed five times over the course of five months passing less major legislation then any other Congress in the 1970s The House of Representatives held a secret session for the first time in 149 years that resulted in the approval of a version of the Panama Canal Treaty in September The bill went into affect on October 1 The SALT II agreement was signed by President Carter and Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev limiting strategic weapons The US Congress failed to ratify the treaty but both sides abided by its terms anyhow On October 17 President Carter signed legislation establishing a new Cabinet-level Department of Education The Department of Health and Human Resources
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