Popular in American History since 1865
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1110 Documents quiz essay as part of the final MLK s speech Phyllis Shaf ey s article and Ronald Reagan s speech s on bb Dec 1St optional class discussing those 3 pieces Charlie Wilson s war paper all on bb don t use present tense unless you re talking about the book author 1970 s Beginning in late 60 s America seemed to suffer a crisis of morale and confidence Many college students became disillusioned with mainstream American values such as hard work discipline obedience to the law as well as a traditional moral values sexuality drugs sanctity of private property Lot of this fed with disillusionment of the Vietnam War truthfulness of authorities Lots of massive upheavals riots sit ins etc by disgruntled students Burn draft cards make fun of police etc Not as common on Southern campuses Also represented with their hair clothing as well as drug use quothippiesquot This movement rejecting traditional morality including the values of hard work sobriety patriotism and sexual morals became know as counterculture Seemed to older generations that American was falling apart In 1968 alone Tet offensive followed by antiwar protests Lyndon Johnson decision to not fun again MLK assassination Robert F Kennedy assassination Democratic convention Probably the main reason why Nixon got elected in 1968 and again in 1972 he was quotsafequot and trustworthy There was one last positive accomplishment US succeeded in putting a man on the moon July 1969 No better during 1970 s decade of self doubt and frustration Nixon s conduct w foreign affairs 1972 pledged that if he was reelected he d end the Vietnam War Had some positive foreign affair accomplishments with Secretary of State Henry Kissinger by following a policy of d tente easing of tensions better relations 1972 personally visited leader of Communist Chine MaotseTung and established formal diplomatic ties Visited Moscow to visit Leonid Brezhnev and eventually made deal w Soviets called SALT Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty designed to limit the construction of new nuclear missile systems 1972 election Nixon ran against George McGovern very liberal couldn t bring in middle of roadquot Americans Nixon won w landslide During campaign burglars broke into Democratic headquarters in Washington apartment building Watergate building attempting to spy on Democrats to help Nixon win the election He participated in a cover up Nixon told his staff including the attorney general to stonewall it and pretend he knew nothing about it in order to save his presidency suborning perjury getting people to lie in an official investigation obstruction of justice Other evidence of corruption in the executive branch started coming up Smear campaigns about opponents about people in media wire tapping peoples phones all kinds of dirty tricksquot lies and harassment Then it became known that Nixon kept tapes of his conversations and these tapes had conversations about this Watergate scandal but Nixon refused to give up and inducted the doctrine of executive privilege idea that the President has the right to withhold information that would be damaging to national security People shocked and outraged at moral obstruction surprised about the obvious lying of the President I am not a crookquot Congress began drafting documents on the impeachment of Nixon impeachment when the House votes that the Senate must put a high gov t official on trial but before the House could impeach him he resigned in August 1974 Watergate showed that Americans did expect a certain level of moral uprightness from their national leaders in a democracy not even the President was above the law