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Proj09_Passage into a New

Century 1968 Present:


Power & Corruption
Ose Agboneni, Ethan Ansorge, Jessie Chen, Sanil Dave,
Abraham Diaz, Isaac Gerstein
Period 9
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SIGNIFICANT FIGURE: Richard Nixon

Early Life:
Nixon was born in California
in 1913. He served as a
Navy lieutenant commander
during WWII. From 1952 to
1960, he was Vice President
in the Eisenhower
administration.
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SIGNIFICANT FIGURE: Richard Nixon

Presidential Elections:

Nixon first ran for


President in 1960 against
John F. Kennedy. He was
defeated by one of the
narrowest popular vote
margins in US election
history.
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SIGNIFICANT FIGURE: Richard Nixon

Presidential Elections:

Nixon won the Presidency


in 1968 against Hubert
Humphrey. He was then
reelected in 1972 by one of
the largest margins in
history, both in the popular
vote and the electoral vote.
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WATERGATE SCANDAL

WATERGATE SCANDAL
During the 1972 election, 5 men were arrested for
breaking into the Democratic National Committee
headquarters at the Watergate Complex in Washington.

WATERGATE SCANDAL
Involvement was traced to officials of the
Committee to Re-Elect the President (CREEP).

WATERGATE SCANDAL
In March 1973, the White House was charged with trying to cover up its connection to the break-in.
In April, Nixon accepted the resignations of several of his top aides but denied any personal
involvement.

WATERGATE SCANDAL
In July 1973, a former White House staff member testified that there were secret recordings of
presidential conversations. Nixon refused to turn them over and had the lead Watergate prosecutor
fired, provoking a public outcry.

WATERGATE SCANDAL
In December 1973, Nixon finally released seven of the nine tapes. They revealed the president's
connection to the break-in as well as a number of other abuses of power. On August 5, 1974, Nixon
was forced to supply transcripts that clearly showed his direct involvement in the cover-up.

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WORDLE

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WATERGATE SCANDAL
Faced with almost certain impeachment and removal from office, Nixon announced his decision to
resign on August 8, 1974. Vice President Gerald Ford succeeded him the next day.

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SIGNIFICANT FIGURE: Ronald Reagan

Served as the 40th U.S. president from 1981 to 1989. Played a


major role in the Iran-Contra Scandal (1986-1987)

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Iran Contra Affair

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Ronald Reagan in Iran Contra Affair

The White House informs Congress that the U.S. secretly sold arms to Iran which violated federal
laws prohibiting arms deals with Iran. The administration denies that the sales were part of an attempt
to secure release of American hostages held by Iranian-backed forces.

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Ronald Reagan in Iran Contra Affair

November 25, 1986


The administration admits that between $10 and
$30 million had been diverted from Iranian arms
sales and funneled to the Nicaraguan contras.
March 04, 1987
In televised address, Reagan accepts
responsibility for actions in Iran-Contra affair that
occurred without his knowledge.
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Ronald Reagan in Iran Contra Affair


November 18, 1987
Congress issues its Iran-Contra report, declaring that Reagan must assume ultimate responsibility
for the affair.

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SIGNIFICANT EVENT:

Media, Pennsylvania Burglary


-March 8, 1971
-Group of 8 citizens robbed FBI
office in Pennsylvania
-Over 1000 documents stolen,
mailed to reporters
-Documents showed records of
FBI surveillance of many
activists and dissident groups
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SIGNIFICANT EVENT:

Media, Pennsylvania Burglary


-In 2014, five of the burglars revealed themselves: (From second one
on the left to right) John Raines, Bonnie Raines, Keith Forsyth, Bob
Williamson, and Judi Feingold
-William Davidson, the first one on the left, died in 2013 from disease
complications but also planned on revealing himself

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SIGNIFICANT FIGURE:

Edward Snowden
A former CIA and DIA system
administrator who began to
leak information from the NSA
to mainstream media,
sparking several debates and
questioning the reliability of
the U.S. Government.
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SIGNIFICANT FIGURE:

Edward Snowden

Starting in June 2013, Snowden began leaking


extremely classified information to mainstream
media which changed the reputation of the
USA and the NSA in the eyes of the world
forever.

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SIGNIFICANT FIGURE:

Edward Snowden

Snowden has called for asylum in many


countries, and many countries have accepted
him. He; however, remains in Russia as Russia
refuses the U.S.'s notion to extradite him. His
passport has been annulled, and he is
supposedly looking to gain Russian citizenship.

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LEGACY
Has our government become less corrupt?
What is the legacy of corruption in our government?

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Has our government become less corrupt?

No!
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Citizens United V. FEC

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Money = Speech

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Effects of government corruption

1. Cynicism and Activism

Occupy Wall Street


2. Apathy

Low Voter Turnout

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Cynicism and Activism

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Voter Apathy

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How can we fix corruption in our government?

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The End
Any Questions?

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Works Cited

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