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Create a timeline and record the major events of the Ford and Carter administrations. Which two events do you think were the most important? Why?
Major Events in Ford and Carter’s Presidencies: Event One: September 8, 1974: Ford pardons Nixon Event Two: October, 1974: Ford starts his mostly unsuccessful “Whip Inflation Now” (WIN) initiatives, asking Americans to save energy and use less oil Event Three: 1977: having just taken office, Carter, as part of his interest in human rights around the world, cedes ownership of the Panama Canal back to Panama Event Four: 1978: Carter enacts a suite of policies known as the National Energy Act of 1978, disincentivizing gas usage and easing controls on oil and natural gas production in the United States Event Five: summer, 1978: Carter fosters the first written peace agreement between Egypt and Israel Event Six: October, 1979: Carter allows the shah of Iran to come to the United States for cancer treatment, prompting Iranian students to take 52 Americans hostage from the US embassy in Iran (the Iranian Hostage Crisis)
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