Nixon’s resignation letter

The Watergate scandal rocked the U.S. and resulted in the resignation of President Nixon.

We have included a copy of the letter submitted to Secretary of State Kissinger in August of 1974.

For more information on this era check out our PowerPoints:

Classroom history games:

Gulf of Tonkin Incident, 1964

Few American troops had been sent to Vietnam prior to the Gulf of Tonkin Incident.

The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution had far reaching consequences, not only in Vietnam but for the executive branch since it allowed the president to send troops into combat without an official war declaration.

President Johnson addressed the Congress and we have included a copy of his speech along with questions and answers.

For more on this era please see our US History PowerPoints: Vietnam, Cold War Part I and II; and our World History Modern Era 1945-1970and 1970-2009.

Cold War space race

This Russian clip from the 1970s shows the Soviets launching into space during the Cold War.

Nixon’s Plan for Energy Crisis, 1973

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Nixon’s Energy Crisis Speech outlines a plan for saving gasoline in response to the energy crisis of 1973:

1. Adjust the amount of fuel produced for consumption

2. Gas stations voluntarily close to conserve fuel, between 9pm Saturday-12am Sunday

3. A nationwide speed limit of 50 miles per hour

4. Reducing the amount of fuel used by airliners with a shorter schedule of flights

5. Reducing the use of electricity in the home, including during the holiday season with decorating lights

6. Reduced quantites of heating oil in the winter for home, commercial and business use

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