Rallying the Nation to Fight Inflation

Yanek Mieczkowski

in Gerald Ford and the Challenges of the 1970s

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print April 2005 | ISBN: 9780813123493
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813134956 | DOI:
Rallying the Nation to Fight Inflation

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This chapter examines former U.S. President Gerald Ford's efforts to enlist Americans in a crusade to fight inflation and conserve energy. It explains that while the surtax was the pillar of Ford's anti-inflation program, public involvement and voluntary effort were supporting elements. This was the conclusion of the economic summitry, that American citizens needed to play an active role in the fight against inflation. But what began as an idealistic effort grew mired in controversy, criticism, and powerful economic forces.

Keywords: Gerald Ford; inflation; public involvement; economic summits; presidents; U.S

Chapter.  5623 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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