This is a 14 slide, highly animated, power point presentations on US Presidential Elections - Election of 1968 & 1972 - Johnson & Nixon. Each of the presentation slides are editable so you can change it to fit your individual needs.
The Vietnam War, the civil rights movement, and protests tied to both combined in a tumultuous year to cause a tight, unusual election closely linked to these issues in 1972. On March 31, 1968, in the wake of the Tet Offensive, President Lyndon B. Johnson announced that he would not seek reelection.
Opposition to the war moved Senator Eugene McCarthy of MN to enter the Democratic race, followed by Senator Robert F. Kennedy of NY, both with strong support from liberal constituencies. This prompted Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey to announce his candidacy. Kennedy won the CA primary, but immediately thereafter, he was assassinated by Sirhan Sirhan.
Humphrey then pulled ahead and was nominated for president, with Senator Edmund Muskie of ME for vice president. The party convention in Chicago was marred by bloody clashes between antiwar protesters and the local police.
In comparison, the Republican race was less complicated. Former vice president Richard M. Nixon completed his political comeback by winning the presidential nomination. Nixon campaigned for law and order and said he had a “secret plan” to end the war. Nixon ran on a campaign that promised to restore law and order to the nation's cities, torn by riots and crime.
The 1972 campaign focused on the prospect of peace in Vietnam and an upsurge in the economy. Unemployment had leveled off and the inflation rate was declining. Two weeks before the November election, Secretary of State Henry Kissinger predicted inaccurately that the war in Vietnam would soon be over. During the campaign, a break-in occurred at Democratic National Headquarters in the Watergate complex in WDC, but it had little impact until after the election. The campaign ended in one of the greatest landslides in the nation’s history.
The presentations covers the following:
ELECTION OF 1968
ELECTION OF 1972
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