1970s Energy Crisis - Part 2: Public Panic And Political Shifts (w/ Dr. Meg Jacobs)


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This is Part 2 of our two-part series covering the 1970s oil crises in America. You can listen to Part 1 with Jay Hakes here.

Professor Meg Jacobs joins the show to discuss her fantastic book Panic At The Pump: The Energy Crisis and the Transformation of American Politics in the 1970s. We discuss the rise of young Conservatives in the 70s and how the decade empowered them to influence policy for a half century, what Americans were doing when panic set in, and how the experience impacted long-term trust of government in the United States. The 70s were pretty weird!

Meg Jacobs is a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University. She is also the author of Pocketbook Politics: Economic Citizenship in Twentieth-Century America, which won the Organization of American Historians’ Ellis W. Hawley Prize and the New England Historical Association’s James P. Hanlan Book Award. She is also the coauthor of Conservatives in Power: The Reagan Years, 1981–1989.

Buy Panic At The Pump: The Energy Crisis and the Transformation of American Politics in the 1970s

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