molly asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 1 decade ago

Questions about the president Richard Nixon.?

1) Richard Nixon became president in 1969. Why was Nixon such a poor choice for the divided nation?

2) Who were the plumbers?

3) In 1970, National Guardsmen killed four students at Kent State University. How did the killings at kent state epitomize the destructive divide in America?

4) What are identity politics? Are they empowering or are they divisive?

5) American soldiers were better equipped, better fed and in better health than the vietnamese soldiers. Yet, the American soldiers were not able to defeat the Vietnamese. Why were the Vietnamese soldiers so resilient?

6) Nixon's crowning achievement as president was his trip to China. Why was his trip to China so monumental?

7) Discuss some of the problems Vietnam veterans had adjusting to American society when they came home. Why did they have so many problems?

8) Why was Watergate such a scandal? How did it bring the president of the United States?

9) Discuss the impact of the Watergate scandal on the American public, American confidence and American history.

10) How did the inability of the United States to defeat North Vietnam reveal cracks in the seemingly impenetrable military might of the country?

11) How did the fall of Saigon end an era?

3 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    Richard Nixon (January 9, 1913 – April 22, 1994) was the 37th President of the United States (1969–1974) and the only president to resign the office. He was also the 36th Vice President of the United States (1953–1961).

    Nixon was born in Yorba Linda, California. After completing undergraduate work at Whittier College, he graduated from Duke University School of Law in 1937 and returned to California to practice law in La Mirada. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, he joined the United States Navy and rose to the rank of Lieutenant Commander during World War II. He was elected in 1946 as a Republican to the House of Representatives representing California's 12th Congressional district, and in 1950 to the United States Senate. He was selected to be the running mate of Dwight D. Eisenhower, who was the Republican Party nominee in the 1952 presidential election, and Nixon was vice president until 1961. Nixon announced his withdrawal from politics after losing the presidential election in 1960 and the California gubernatorial election in 1962. However, in 1968, Nixon was elected president of the United States.

    The most immediate task facing President Nixon was the Vietnam War. He initially escalated the conflict, overseeing secret bombing campaigns, but soon withdrew American troops and successfully negotiated a ceasefire with North Vietnam, effectively ending American involvement in the war. His foreign policy was largely successful; he opened relations with the People's Republic of China and initiated détente with the Soviet Union. Domestically, he implemented new economic policies which called for wage and price control and the abolition of the gold standard. He was reelected by a landslide in 1972. In his second term, the nation was afflicted with economic difficulties. In the face of likely impeachment for his role in the Watergate scandal, Nixon resigned on August 9, 1974. Nixon was later pardoned by his successor, Gerald Ford, for any federal crimes he may have committed while in office.

    In his retirement, Nixon became a prolific author and undertook many foreign trips. He suffered a debilitating stroke on April 18, 1994, and died four days later at the age of 81.

  • 1 decade ago

    2) The White House Plumbers, sometimes simply called the Plumbers, were a covert White House Special Investigations Unit established July 24, 1971 during the presidency of Richard Nixon. Its task was to stop the leaking of classified information to the news media. Its members branched into illegal activities working for the Committee to Re-elect the President, including the Watergate break-ins and the ensuing Watergate scandal.The group was headed by John Erlichman. Other members included E. Howard Hunt, G. Gordon Liddy and CIA liason John Paisley.

    5) We were going into their country and invading them. It was a lot like the Revolutionary War. The continental army was not as well trained or equipped as the British, but we were not going to let them come in an run all over us. The colonials who fought were fighting for their family and their home(aka America). Colonials also knew the land so much better than the British, and found ways of fighting them (guerrilla warfare). A lot historians compare Vietnam to our revolution. We came into a country we didn't know, and invaded them. They used guerrilla warfare, which the colonials pretty much invented, and used it on us. They were fighting for the same things we were; their home and family. They had something to fight for, and America really didn't.

    9) Watergate has caused so much mistrust in our Government. It was shocking for the American people, because we realized we could be lied to by our Government. It caused lack of confidence in America, and it really started the era of conspiracy theories.

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  • Frosty
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    2. Nixon's henchmen who broke into Watergate and stole information.

    5. The Vietnamese would strike and then run back into the underground tunnels where the Americans couldn't find them.

    6. He was the first US President to visit.

    7. They were not welcomed back as heroes, but spat on and called "baby killers" and worse.

    8. It was illegal.

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