1970 - Present Handout

1970 - Present Handout - President Richard M. Nixon...

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1 President Richard M. Nixon President Richard Nixon - 1969 – 1974 Silent Majority – “The forgotten Americans, the non-shouters, the non- demonstrators.” • The economy worsened in the late 60s. Too much money was being spent on government programs and Vietnam. Stagflation: NIXON’S DOMESTIC POLICY – •Aimed to get rid of the failures of Johnson’s Great Society. •New Federalism : •Institutes a 90-day wage-price freeze – first president ever to do this during peacetime. •Sponsors environmental protection. He passes: President Richard M. Nixon NIXON’S FOREIGN POLICY – •Nixon Doctrine: •China – •U.S. cut ties with China in 1949 when they became Communist. •Nixon goes to China, re-opening diplomatic and economic ties with them. •Soviet Union – •Détente •Realpolitik: •First President since WWII to visit Moscow. •Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) – Task: How is SALT similar to the Kellogg-Briand Pact and the Washington Naval Conference?
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2 President Richard M. Nixon Watergate Scandal – What? Where? When? June 17, 1972 Whodunnit? Why? •Robert Woodward and Karl Bernstein of the Washington Post probe the case and try to tie Nixon to the crime. •Information was leaked to them by a man named “Deep Throat” President Richard M. Nixon Vice-President Spiro Agnew Resigns – •The Justice Department cites the Vice-President with tax evasion. •Agnew resigns from his position. •Minority leader of the House of Representatives, Gerald Ford becomes Vice-President. Nixon White House Tapes – •Nixon taped all conversations held in the Oval Office. •He refused to hand over the tapes. Says its his “executive privilege” United States v. Nixon •Supreme Court orders Nixon to hand over the tapes.
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3 President Gerald Ford President Gerald Ford – 1974 – 1977 •First act as President – he pardons Richard Nixon of his crime. Nixon is never charged with the crime.
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This note was uploaded on 05/13/2010 for the course USH US History taught by Professor Mize during the Spring '10 term at West Point.

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