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Excerpt from The PrinceNiccoló Machiavelli
Niccoló Machiavelli (1469-1527) was an Italian Renaissance historian, politician, and writer based in Florence. His masterpiece, The Prince, published in 1532, advises new princes on how to get and retain power by any means necessary.Pair “Watergate: Undoing a President” with “Excerpt from the Prince” and ask students to discuss how Nixon’s presidency and persona fits within Machiavelli’s rules for governance.
Richard Nixon's Resignation SpeechPresident Richard M. Nixon
"Richard Nixon's Resignation Speech" explains how Nixon is resigning from the office of president for the good of the American people and focuses on the positive elements of Nixon's legacy.Pair “Watergate: Undoing a President” with “President Nixon’s Resignation Speech” and ask students to discuss what they believe motivated Nixon to resign compared to the reasons he gives in his speech.
Senator Nixon's "Checkers" SpeechSenator Richard M. Nixon
In this speech, Vice Presidential candidate Richard Nixon masters rhetoric to defend charges of corruption in his campaign and to defend Dwight Eisenhower's bid for the presidency.Pair “Checkers Speech” with “Watergate: Undoing a President” and ask students to discuss how Nixon’s public image changed over time in regards to honesty and corruption.