Richard M. Nixon: Smoking Gun Tape

(1972)

Context

When Nixon was elected president in 1968, the nation was sharply divided by the Vietnam War and by a counterculture rebellion. The Vietnam War was by far the most polarizing issue. When the United States first became militarily involved in Southeast Asia in the early 1950s, it was widely seen as part of the ongoing U.S. effort to contain Communism and thus as essential to national security. But by 1968, with the United States seemingly no closer to victory and with U.S. casualties exceeding sixteen thousand, many Americans had lost faith in the war and the leaders...

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