- What does the author mean when he labels this time “the end of the American century”?
- In what ways was Détente and the decline of the Cold War responsible for the “end” of the American Century?
- Why did Spiro Agnew resign and how did this impact the Nixon administration?
- How did the events around the Watergate break in unfold?
- In what ways did Nixon use the power of government to oppress his political adversaries?
- What are the Pentagon Papers and how did the impact the situation in Southeast Asia and the United States?
- How did Nixon become an obstacle to the “normality” Americans were seeking?
- What was the War Powers Act and how did it impact the Presidency and the Cold War?
- Describe the “Mayaguez” incident. In what ways would this shadow the Carter administration during the Iran Hostage Crisis?
- What were the consequences of the Republican fiscal and monetary policy in 1971 and 1972 and how did this effect the Carter and Ford Administrations?
Response / Thought Quotes
- “In delayed fashion, the consequences of using the power of the state in ways that had become routine during the Cold War took their toll.”
- “Nixon ordered the attorney general to fire him. Refusing, Elliot Richardson instead resigned. The deputy attorney general would not oust Cox either.”
- “Inexpensive fuel had come to be seen as such an entitlement that people were outraged, even though in mid-1974 the price of a gallon of gasoline, an irreplaceable resource that had to be extracted from the ground, refined, and transported long distances, remained only about a third the cost of a gallon of Coca-Cola, essentially carbonated sugar water.”
- Nixon State of the Union (1970) Video and Transcript
- Nixon State of the Union (1971) Video and Transcript
- November 7, 1972: Remarks on Being Reelected to the Presidency
- Nixon Second Inaugural Address (1972) Video and Transcript
- January 23, 1973: Address to the Nation Announcing an Agreement on Ending the War in Vietnam
- April 30, 1973: Address to the Nation About the Watergate Investigations
- August 15, 1973: Address to the Nation About the Watergate Investigations
- Nixon State of the Union (1974) Video and Transcript
- ABC News Vice President Spiro Agnew Resigns From Office
- February 25, 1974: The President’s News Conference
- April 29, 1974: Address to the Nation on Presidential Tape Recordings
- The War Powers Resolution
- August 8, 1974: Address to the Nation Announcing Decision To Resign the Office of President
- August 9, 1974: Remarks on Departure From the White House
Optional Supplemental Reading
American Literature Optional Supplemental Reading
- Continue Reading The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger