Essay John De A Position Of Infamy

3034 Words Apr 15th, 2015 13 Pages
John Dean: A Position of Infamy In the early 1970’s, American’s social climate was changing. The previous decade brought the senseless assassination of a young, vibrant President, John Fitzgerald Kennedy. On the heels of his assassination came the assassination of his assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald; leaving America working through a series of questioning and wondering why. Citizens witnessed the violence across the country, as African-Americans fought for civil rights, and they saw President Lyndon Baines Johnson sign the Civil Rights Act into law. Over-seas, America was involved in an unpopular war in Vietnam. Young Americans did not understand why there was an American presence there, and yet they were being drafted, and made to fight. Protests against the war were held on college and university campuses across the country. The cold war with the Soviet Union was alive and well, and one year into a newly elected President’s term, America’s National Aeronautics and Space Administration had put a man on the moon. This man who was newly elected to help America out of the darkness was Richard Milhous Nixon, elected to this his first term in November, 1968. The first term was positive and 1972 brought promise of a second term, with President Nixon and his staff looking to lead America for another four years. On June 17, 1972, a burglary at the Democratic National [Campaign] Committee headquarters, located in the Watergate Hotel complex, would set in motion events which…

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