Bundle of 3 - US Presidents Defining Events - #37 - Nixon

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This is a bundle of 3 highly animated, power point presentations on the presidency of Richard M Nixon and the defining events of his presidency. All three presentations together number 72 slides. Each of the presentation slides are editable so you can change them to fit your individual needs.

Richard Nixon was the 37th U.S. president, is best remembered as the only president ever to resign from office. Nixon stepped down in 1974, halfway through his 2nd term, rather than face impeachment over his efforts to cover up illegal activities by members of his administration in the Watergate scandal.

A former Republican congressman and U.S. senator from CA, he served 2 terms as vice president under Dwight Eisenhower in the 1950s. In 1960, Nixon lost his bid for the presidency in a close race with Democrat John F. Kennedy. He ran for the White House again in 1968 and won.

As president, Nixon’s achievements included: Forging diplomatic ties with China and the Soviet Union and withdrawing U.S. troops from an unpopular war in Vietnam.

Nixon’s involvement in Watergate tarnished his legacy and deepened American cynicism about government. While Nixon was running for re-election in 1972, operatives associated with his campaign broke into the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee at the Watergate Hotel in WDC.

Several members of Nixon’s administration had knowledge of the burglary and while Nixon denied any involvement, secret tapes of White House conversations later revealed that the president had participated in efforts to cover up the criminal activity. Facing impeachment by Congress, Nixon resigned from office on August 9, 1974.

Power point #1 is entitled, US Presidents - #37 - Richard M Nixon and contains 18 slides and covers the following:

Background Summaries
Legacy
Early Years
Education
Marriage, Family & Military
Early Political Career
Selected for VP
Bid for the Presidency
Loss Elections
Winning the White House
Vietnam
Historic Visits
Watergate Scandal
Resignation
Retirement & Death
End of Presentation

While Americans were girding to fight the Civil War in 1860, the French were beginning a century-long imperial involvement in Indochina. The lands now known as Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia comprised Indochina. The riches to be harvested in these lands proved economically enticing to the French.

After World War I, a nationalist movement formed in Vietnam led by Ho Chi Minh. Ho was educated in the West, where he became a disciple of Marxist thought. Ho resented and resisted the French. France was determined to reclaim all its lost territories after World War II. When the Japanese invaded Vietnam during World War II, they displaced French rule. Ho formed a liberation movement known as the Viet Minh.

Using guerrilla warfare, the Viet Minh battled the Japanese and held many key cities by 1945. Paraphrasing the Declaration of Independence, Ho proclaimed the new nation of Vietnam — a new nation Western powers refused to recognize. The United States now faced an interesting dilemma. American tradition dictated sympathy for the revolutionaries over any colonial power. However, supporting the Marxist Viet Minh was unthinkable, given the new strategy of containing communism.

Promises and commitments to the people and government of South Vietnam to keep communist forces from overtaking them reached back into the Truman Administration. Eisenhower placed military advisers and CIA operatives in Vietnam, and John F. Kennedy sent American soldiers to Vietnam. Lyndon Johnson ordered the first real combat by American troops, and Richard Nixon concluded the war.

Despite the decades of resolve, billions and billions of dollars, nearly 60,000 American lives and many more injuries, the United States failed to achieve its objectives. President Nixon signed a ceasefire in January 1973 that formally ended the hostilities. In 1975, communist forces from the north overran the south and unified the nation. Neighboring Cambodia and Laos also became communist dictatorships. At home, returning Vietnamese veterans found readjustment and even acceptance difficult. The scars of Vietnam would not heal quickly for the United States. The legacy of bitterness divided the American citizenry and influenced foreign policy into the 21st century.

Power point #2 is entitled, The Vietnam War and contains 37 slides and covers the following:

Pre U.S. Involvement
End of French Rule
Formidable Adversary
“Domino Theory”
Vietnam Divided
U. S. Involvement
Initial Broad Support
Not Newsworthy at First
The Elusive Enemy
Television Coverage
Years of Escalation: 1965-68
Poor Leadership in the South
Johnson’s “Blank Check”
Operation Rolling Thunder
Agent Orange & Napalm
Ground Troops
Search & Destroy Missions
Rising Body Count
The Tet Offensive
Opposition to the War
War Was Not Almost Over
Sagging Troop Morale
More Troops Denied
War Weary America
The Anti War Movement
The Peace Movement
Peace Argument
The Draft
Draft Deferments
Antiwar Demonstrations
Growing Protests
What Next?
War's End
End of Presentation

On June 17, 1972, 5 men were arrested after breaking into the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee located in the Watergate Hotel in WDC.

The burglars were not ordinary thieves. They carried wiretaps to install on telephones and cameras to photograph documents. 4 of the 5 criminals were anti-Castro Cubans who had been previously hired by the CIA. The fifth was James McCord, the security adviser for Nixon's campaign staff known as the Committee to Re-elect the President, or CREEP.

Although the incident failed to make the front pages of the major newspapers, it would soon become the most notorious political scandal in American history.

During his years in office, Nixon had: Brought a controversial end to the Vietnam War. Opened communication with Red China. Watched NASA put astronauts on the moon. Presided over a healing period in American history in the early 1970s. Despite these many accomplishments, the Watergate affair defined Nixon's legacy.

Power point #3 is entitled, US Presidents - The Watergate Break In and contains 17 slides and covers the following:

Introduction
President Nixon
“The Plumbers”
G. Gordon Liddy
Nixon’s Cover-up
Landslide Victory
Archibald Cox
Agnew Resignation
“I am not a Crook”
Nixon’s Refusal
Supreme Court Ruling
Resignation
Resignation Letter
Watergate Legacy
End of Presentation

This is one of many bundled power point presentations I offer in my store under the heading....US Presidents.
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