Richard M. Nixon: “Silent Majority” Speech

(1969)

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On November 3, 1969, President Richard M. Nixon delivered, via television, his Address to the Nation on the War in Vietnam, about his plans for ending the war in Vietnam. The address is often referred to as the “Silent Majority” Speech, for near its end he appealed for support from “the great silent majority of my fellow Americans”—that is, those who supported his policies but did not speak up. Nixon was implicitly contrasting these mainstream Americans with vocal opponents of his...