150Nixon - STUDY GUIDE: "NIXON AND WATERGATE"...

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S TUDY G UIDE : “N IXON AND W ATERGATE Using this study guide The following document has all of the terms, quotes, lists, and ideas contained in the most recent powerpoint presentation (note: I change these frequently so some variations may exist). As a result, you should not feel that you need to copy any of this information while in class. The following questions are addressed in this section of the lecture. You should be able to answer these questions by the end of this section. If you can’t, see me during my office hours or talk with your seminar leader: Questions Addressed in the Lectures that will help you to prepare for the exam: Is Nixon the first president to lie while in office? What does he do that creates such animosity? What about Nixon’ s character wont allow him to cooperate with his political enemies? What did he have to prove? Why does Nixon create the “plumbers”? What does this say about his administration? Was Nixon a good president or a bad one? Are such categories relevant to Nixon? Do subsequent Presidents suffer for Nixon’ s sins? How many “-gate” scandals can you name? Sample Exam Questions from Previous Exams: Richard Nixon was directly involved in three of this country's greatest political ordeals: the Red Scare of the 1940s and 1950s, the Viet Nam War, and Watergate. ( i ) Describe how each of these events were related to the larger political and social movements of the day. ( ii ) In your opinion, were Nixon's efforts praise-worthy or did he earn his villainous reputation (again, support your opinions)? In class, I argued that 1968 was a turning point in modern American history. (a) Focusing on events that led up to 1968 , describe why this was so. Be sure to indicate the social, political, economic, and international pressures that affected the United States from 1945 to 1968. (b) What event(s) led to the crisis in confidence experienced by most Americans by 1968? How did these effectively undermine the belief, at that time, that the US was a unified country with sound international principles? Selected Terms: Watergate Daniel Ellsberg “Plumbers” CREEP James McCord John Dean 1
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“Smoking Gun” Tapes General Lecture Outline: I. America: 1968 a. Strengths and weaknesses b. Events beyond political control: oil & economy II. Nixon a. Strongly influenced by character b. Political Rise c. 1960-1968 III. President, 1968-1974 a. Messages: play off of American insecurities, NOT our strengths b. The “Other” Nixon c. Watergate i. Foreign Policy ii. Nixon’s Character d. Pentagon Papers lead to Plumbers e. Breaking the Case i. McCord links Break-in to White House ii. Dean links White House to President iii. Tapes prove Nixon abused powers IV. Conclusion Powerpoint Notes: Nixon and America’s “Long Nightmare” 1968: American Weaknesses Viet Nam and Credibility Gap Racial Tensions Counter Culture and Generation Gap Political instability: LBJ, RFK, MLK Jr., etc.
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This note was uploaded on 03/27/2012 for the course HIST 1302 taught by Professor Carter during the Spring '08 term at Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi.

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