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The Presidency of Richard Nixon, 1969-74

5. The Presidency, 1971-74

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In this module, we think about the final years of Nixon’s presidency, from the beginning of 1971 to his resignation in 1974, focusing in particular on: (i) Nixon’s support for busing, its effectiveness in desegregating schools, and his later opposition to it; (ii) his attempts to address the economic issues of the day, particular the phenomenon known as ‘stagflation’, and the effectiveness of his solution; (iii) the 1973 Oil Crisis, its causes and consequences; (iv) the 1972 election, in which Nixon recorded one of the most comprehensive victories (in terms of electoral college votes) in American history; (v) the extent to which Nixon’s policies underwent a rightward shift in the run-up to the 1972 election and beyond; and (vi) the extent to which Nixon’s final year or so as president was dominated by Watergate.


In this course, Dr Kevin Yuill (University of Sunderland) explores the presidency of Richard Nixon, 1969-74. In the first module, we think about the incident for which Nixon is best known and which dominated his final year in office – the Watergate scandal and Nixon’s resignation on 9 August 1974. After that, in the second module, we go back to the beginning of the story and trace Nixon’s rise to power between from his childhood in Yorba Linda, California to his losses in the 1960 presidential election and 1962 California gubernatorial election. in the third module, we continue the story up to Nixon’s victory in the 1968 presidential election, before turning in the fourth and fifth modules to Nixon’s time in the White House.


Dr Kevin Yuill is Associate Professor of American History at the University of Sunderland. His primary interests are in the intellectual history of the United States, particularly race and equality in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, attitudes to suicide and death, and attitudes to the possession of firearms. His recent publications include (as co-author) The Second Amendment and Gun Control: Freedom, Fear, and the American Constitution (2017) and Assisted Suicide: the Liberal, Humanist Case Against Legalization (2013).

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