I’d like to thank anyone who gave me their thoughts and opinions (in person or through email) about the first three installments of this Professionalizing History series. In the last installment, Part 3, I discussed the differences between empathizing and sympathizing with history, referring to an incredible conversation overheard in the hallway one morning. If you
37th President Richard Nixon’s administration is one of the more interesting parts of American History. From his brash campaign for the senate against Helen Douglas to his cutthroat elections in 1960, 1968, and 1972, Richard Nixon manages to remain one of the more memorable presidents in the 20th century. Of course, everyone remembers Watergate, with polls putting him much lower than he should be based merely on that one topic. History isn’t fading, but the public opinion seems to be limited to one subject. This presentation, based from the A-Leveled AICE curriculum, is on the Rise of Richard Nixon, from his first political foothold in 1945 to his reelection as President of the United States in 1972. This was used in a classroom environment, hence the assignment.
Nixon is an interesting case, making him one of my personal favorite Presidents. While most people tend to despise Nixon, I look at him differently, and through my research I’ve yet to find sufficient enough reasoning for him to go down in history as despicable. Most people, if you go around asking, can only say one thing about Nixon’s presidency: Watergate. I’m sorry, but if you’re only historically aware of Nixon’s position in Watergate, then you really aren’t qualified to judge a five-year political reign.