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Richard M. Nixon: Life Portrait

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  • LIFE FACTS

    Personal

    First Lady: Thelma Catherine ("Pat") Ryan Nixon, Wife

    Number of Children: 2

    Education Level: Graduate

    School Attended: Whittier College, Duke University

    Religion: Quaker

    Profession:
    Military, Lawyer, Business, Government Employ

    Military Service:
    Lieutenant Cmdr.


    Public Service

    Dates of Presidency: 1/20/1969 - 8/9/1974

    Presidency Number: 37

    Number of Terms: 2

    Why Presidency Ended: Resignation

    Party: Republican

    His Vice President(s): Spiro T. Agnew, Gerald R. Ford

    Vice President For: Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953-1961) Senator: California (1951-1953)

    House of Representatives: California (1947-1950)

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    Did You Know?

    The SALT agreement passed while he was in the White House.
    During his term, Nixon went to both China and the Soviet Union.
    He is the only president to have resigned.
    He is the first president to have visited all fifty states.
    During his administration, the 26th amendment was ratified.
    His wife, Patricia Nixon, was known for her charm, and for being an involved partner to her husband.
    During his term, the wage and price freeze was instituted.
    "Once a man has been in politics, once that's been in his life, he will always return if the people want him."

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    1 0:17 5:04 John Taylor of the Nixon Library and Birthplace, explains Nixon's childhood and family
    2 5:25: 6:26 Melvin Small, author, The Presidency of Richard Nixon; speaks on his interest in Richard Nixon
    3 7:02 8:27 Taylor's personal knowledge of Richard Nixon
    4 8:49 9:26 What led young Richard Nixon to public service?
    5 9:27 10:12 Nixon's particular attributes as a good politician
    6 10:34 13:02 The first campaign as a politician
    7 13:08 13:40 Nixon's most influential accomplishments
    8 13:59 16:02 Nixon and Watergate
    9 16:08 17:53 Invasion of Cambodia and failure to keep his promise of ending the Vietnam War
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    10 18:04 20:43 The last liberal president in the U.S. history in terms of domestic policies
    11 21:08 22:15 Pat Nixon, the first lady
    12 22:22 23:38 Has Nixon ever had a cat?
    13 24:04 25:28 Nixon's decision on bombing on the Vietnam War
    14 25:36 27:18 Nixon's approach to the Vietnam War
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    15 27:24 29:04 The silent majority speech
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    16 29:12 30:28 1968 social movements and changes
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    17 30:43 31:44 What made 1960s in the U.S. so turbulent?
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    18 32:01 34:00 Judgement on Nixon as president
    19 34:00 35:54 The legal challenge that the Nixon Library has to retain Nixon tapes
    20 35:59 37:19 Why did Richard Nixon open relations with China?
    21 37:40 38:11 Yorba Linda, Nixon's birthplace, and Los Angeles
    22 38:43 39:43 Nixon's political career, a chronology
    23 39:51 40:38 The video clip of Nixon's commentary on Eisenhower during 1960 campaign
    24 40:39 41:01 By what margin did Nixon lose the 1960 election against John F. Kennedy?
    25 41:03 41:56 Why did Nixon lose the 1962 California governor's election?
    26 42:03 44:47 Criminal acts and money on Watergate
    27 44:53 47:45 Nixon's personality and interpersonal and communication skills
    28 48:07 49:02 Was Nixon a fan of the Green Bay Packers?
    29 49:19 51:30 Inside of the Nixon Library
    30 52:16 53:40 The 1960 campaign
    31 53:43 54:28 Friendly relationship with JFK
    32 54:38 55:54 Interview with Jo Lyons, Richard Nixon Library and Birthplace docent
    33 56:23 58:19 Nixon as an attorney
    34 58:28 59:37 Relationship with Jimmy Carter
    35 59:49 1:01:06 Nixon's vindictive character and activities in CREEP
    36 1:01:07 1:03:18 Nixon tapes
    37 1:03:56 1:06:30 Alger Hiss case and Nixon's involvement as a prosecutor
    38 1:06:38 1:08:45 Nixon and world leaders
    39 1:08:54 1:09:55 Wage and price controls during the presidency of Nixon
    40 1:09:58 1:11:11 Jewish advisors and President Nixon
    41 1:11:18 1:13:17 International impact of the Nixon administration
    42 1:13:25 1:15:41 Artifacts from the White House years in the museum of the Nixon Library
    43 1:15:45 1:17:13 Bob Haldeman and John Ehrlichman, advisors of president Nixon
    44 1:18:20 1:20:15 Nixon's funeral
    45 1:20:15 1:20:59 Military service in the Navy as a Quaker
    46 1:21:06 1:23:43 Supreme Court appointments by Richard Nixon
    47 1:25:14 1:26:25 Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger, a foreign policy advisor
    48 1:26:27 1:29:03 A limousine that Nixon had during his presidency
    49 1:29:26 1:33:08 Relationship with Bebe Rebozo, one of Nixon's closest friends and Gerald Ford, Vice President
    50 1:33:40 1:36:05 1972 re-election; Eisenhower's choice of Nixon as Vice President
    51 1:36:47 1:39:30 Video clip of an interview with Richard Nixon after the White House years about Vietnam and Watergate
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    52 1:39:44 1:40:58 Joan Hoff, Author, Nixon Reconsidered, explains her different (from Dr. Small) view on Nixon
    53 1:41:15 1:42:26 Nixon's preparation for a national address on the possibility of the moon project failure
    54 1:42:27 1:45:51 How did Nixon's policies and Watergate change the U.S. society?
    55 1:46:17 1:47:57 Why did Nixon choose Agnew as vice president for the first term and consider dumping him on the 1972 campaign?
    56 1:47:58 1:48:44 Spiro Agnew's scandal
    57 1:48:51 1:49:57 Did Nixon consider choosing Robert Finch, Governor of California, as vice president?
    58 1:50:05 1:51:18 The reason why Nixon moved to New York and New Jersey after the resignation
    59 1:51:19 1:52:59 Pat Nixon's support as the First Lady
    60 1:53:05 1:55:36 Creation of the "Super Secretary" idea and new cabinet positions
    61 1:55:44 1:58:06 Discussion of Oliver Stone movie Nixon
    62 1:58:34 2:00:14 Discussion on accuracy of Haldeman's diary
    63 2:00:15 2:02:19 Nixon as a liberal president
    64 2:02:19 2:04:59 Economic policies and influence of Nixon's personality
    65 2:05:02 2:06:17 Welfare program during the Nixon administration
    66 2:17:26 2:21:47 Interview with Donna Schlampp, a just retired teacher from Richard Nixon Elementary school
    67 2:22:00 2:22:44 Questions raised by young people about Nixon to Professor Small
    68 2:22:45 2:24:58 The Nixon White House alumni who are prominent in American life today
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    69 2:25:02 2:26:02 Nixon and his "blacklist"
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    70 2:26:19 2:28:31 Nixon's environmentalism
    71 2:28:32 2:29:59 The Democrat opponent of 1972 election and campaign issues
    72 2:30:00 2:30:44 Ben Stein, Nixon's speechwriter
    73 2:30:47 2:32:06 Discussion on Vice President Agnew and Watergate
    74 2:32:11 2:35:30 Susan Naulty explains archives in the Nixon Library and Museum.
    75 2:36:16 2:38:59 Foreign policy expertise as President
    76 2:39:00 2:41:29 Introducing some crucial archives in the Nixon Library
    77 2:41:52 2:44:59 Explanation on Watergate
    78 2:45:00 2:46:28 Final years during the Nixon administration
    79 2:46:31 2:47:42 Video clip of President Nixon's decision to resign, August 8, 1974
    80 2:47:48 2:50:11 Nixon's view on Watergate and Taylor's comments
    81 2:50:30 2:50:13 Would Richard Nixon have been elected in 1968 without the Vietnam War?
    82 2:51:19 2:52:08 Are some Nixon records sealed? Can public see them?
    83 2:52:09 2:52:54 What if Nixon had been elected in 1962 instead of JFK?
    84 2:52:57 2:54:16 Nixon's death
    85 2:55:20 2:55:56 Was it possible that Nixon could have not resigned?
    86 2:55:58 2:56:43 After Nixon's resignation


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