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        Nixon's Silent Majority Speech | The Day the '60s Died

        Hear Richard Nixon's famous "Silent Majority" speech from November 3, 1969 in which he paints a picture of two groups of Americans—"a vocal minority," who try to impose their point of view through protest, and the "great silent majority," made up of realist, working class Americans. This speech crystallized the president's foreign policy of American interventionism—known as the Nixon Doctrine—while dramatically increasing his approval rating. Though intentionally divisive, this important speech marked a turning point in Nixon's presidency where he was able to garner increased support for both himself and the war abroad. 

        Footage from this speech was used in the documentary The Day the 60's Died, which chronicles the Kent State shootings and the events and circumstances surrounding it. Additional resources from this documentary can be found here.


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