Decades of Chang3

Decades of Chang3 - criminal charge of tax evasion. Nixon...

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Decades of Change - 1960-1980 The Rise of cultural and ethnic pluralism   Nixon’s rhetoric about the need for "law and order" in the face of rising crime rates,  increased drug use, and more permissive views about sex resonated with more  Americans than not.  But this concern was insufficient to quell concerns about the  Watergate break-in and the economy.  Seeking to energize and enlarge his own political  constituency, Nixon lashed out at demonstrators, attacked the press for distorted  coverage, and sought to silence his opponents.  Instead, he left an unfavorable  impression with many who saw him on television and perceived him as unstable.   Adding to Nixon’s troubles, Vice President Spiro Agnew, his outspoken point man  against the media and liberals, was forced to resign in 1973, pleading “no contest” to a 
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Unformatted text preview: criminal charge of tax evasion. Nixon probably had not known in advance of the Watergate burglary, but he had tried to cover it up, and had lied to the American people about it. Evidence of his involvement mounted. On July 27, 1974, the House Judiciary Committee voted to recommend his impeachment. Facing certain ouster from office, he resigned on August 9, 1974. THE FORD INTERLUDE Nixons vice president, Gerald Ford (appointed to replace Agnew), was an unpretentious man who had spent most of his public life in Congress. His first priority was to restore trust in the government. However, feeling it necessary to head off the spectacle of a possible prosecution of Nixon, he issued a blanket pardon to his predecessor. Although it was perhaps necessary, the move was nonetheless unpopular....
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