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  1. Nixon andThe 1972 Election Josh Armour

  2. Who? • Richard M. Nixon • Americans • Southern Democrats (Dixiecrats) • The rest of the world

  3. When? • The years after the 1968 election(1969-1972) • And more specifically the 1972 Election

  4. What? • Nixon’s plan and strategy to lead the nation • His attempt to win the support of Southern Democrats • “Stagflation” • Nixon’s “Southern Strategy” • Winning the 1972 election

  5. Why? • Nixon’s paranoia with making sure he was reelected • Republicans securing their place in the 1972 election • Declining economy in America

  6. Southern Strategy What was it? -Nixon only won by 1% in 1968 and hoped to increase it -Aimed to solidify the Republican Party's electoral hold over conservative white Southerners. • What happened? -Southern Democrats took notice of the fact that 1964 Republican Presidential candidate Barry Goldwater had voted against the Civil Rights Act.

  7. Southern Strategy (Cont’d) • What happened? (cont’d) -1969, Nixon ordered the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW) to delay desegregation of South Carolina and Mississippi schools. -Nixon apposed the extension of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that added nearly 1 million African Americans to voting rolls

  8. Southern Strategy (Cont’d) • What happened? (cont’d) -1971,Nixon attempted to stop using busses to integrate schools, favored by southerners, but was overruled in Swann v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education. -Boston and Detroit protested the mixed bussing. -Nixon Appeared on National TV urging Congress to halt the integration through busing.

  9. Southern Strategy (Cont’d) • What happened? (cont’d) -1971,Nixon attempted to stop using busses to integrate schools, favored by southerners, but was overruled in Swann v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education. -Boston and Detroit protested the mixed bussing. -Nixon Appeared on National TV urging Congress to halt the integration through busing.

  10. Works Cited • Danzer, Gerald A. , J. Jorge Klor de Alva, Larry S. Krieger, Louis E. Wilson, and Nancy Woloch. The Americans: McDougal Little Inc., 2003