The energy crisis
In the 1970's America was faced with a crisis that had never been seen before in its history, an energy crisis. Several plans were rolled out to try and gain energy independence from middle eastern countries such as Saudi Arabia but the crisis continued. Looking back onto this event it is important to ask whether this is something of major historical significance, although it might have seemed like it at the time did it truly play enough of a role in history to be determined historically significant? There is not exactly a right and wrong answer here, as most of this is subjective, but there are key factors to determining this such as its impact during that period of time. Americans were severely impacted by this, not only were everyday activities halted due to lack of resources but their entire way of life was at risk. People would often wait for hours in lines awaiting what little fuel that companies could provide, at a premium price too. Lines for gas often were extremely long and tedious meaning other daily activities took a backseat to fuel dependency. The daily routines of all Americans had changed. another way to determine historical significance is to see how this crisis plays a role in society today. with these ideas and processes that were implemented came many failed attempts, but they also yielded some success. by the end of this crisis America was no longer solely reliant on fuel from other countries, a policy that has remained today. With this came more dependence on alternative uses of energy which would lead to an America that uses solar and other environmentally friendly methods to try and remain energy independent. Both of these play a role in determining the historical significance of the energy crisis in the 1970s and show that it had a large impact not only then but in today's society.