American Pageant Reading Guide Chapter 39 - American...

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American Pageant Reading Guide Chapter 39 1.Describe Nixon’s foreign policy in relation to Vietnam, the Soviet Union, and Communist China. 2. Analyze Nixon’s domestic policies, his opposition to the “Warren Court,” his “southern strategy,” and his landslide victory against George McGovern in 1972. One of Nixon's campaign pledges was to appoint conservative judges to the Supreme Court to counter the perceived liberalism of the Warren Court. Supporters of this pledge claimed that the Warren Court's permissive rulings were eroding the moral base of the country and that their coddling of criminals had led to high crime rates and serious civil disturbances. In the political arena, Nixon's plan for reelection in 1972 consisted of eliminating the unpopular elements of Johnson's Great Society programs while expanding and directing the more popular programs. He called this his "Southern Strategy" because it was aimed at converting supporters of Alabama governor George Wallace to the Republican camp. Elements of Nixon's Southern Strategy appealed to many northern voters as well. His Southern Strategy had been effective in swaying many of Alabama governors, George

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