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CLIP 13877

President Richard Nixon – a profile

President Richard Nixon – a profile
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Key Info
  • President Richard Nixon – a profile
  • Duration: 03:25
  • Former Cabinet minister Jonathan Aitken profiles US President Richard Nixon, giving his opinions on Nixon's personality politics and the events that shaped his presidency. Jonathan Aitken describes how Nixon's humble upbringing gave him dogged spirit on the sports field but also made him a bit of an outsider at school. Nixon first ran for the White House in 1960 but narrowly lost to John F. Kennedy; however, his campaign was successful when he ran for a second time in 1968. He entered office in 1969, with America still fighting a deeply unpopular war in Vietnam. Nixon reached a controversial but successful peace settlement to end the conflict at the same time as improving diplomatic relations with the Soviet Union and China. Even though America's opinion of Nixon ultimately soured as his presidency unravelled, mired in the Watergate scandal; Aitken believes world history may take a kinder view of him because of his significant foreign policy achievements and reputation as a statesman.
  • Subject:

    History

       Topic:

    USA: from 1942

  • Keywords: USPresidents, USA, America, Cold War, USSR, JFK
Ideas for use in class
  • Could be used in discussion about the impact of the Vietnam War. Could be used as a way of introducing interpretation and significance. Could be used in conjunction with other US President profiles 13880, 13874, 13878, 13879 and #7219
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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