Richard Nixon, the 37th United States president, made use of a successful "Southern strategy" to win enough electoral votes from the southern states to defeat Hubert Humphrey, his 1968 Democratic election opponent. Until the 1960s, the southern states had traditionally voted against the Republican "Party of Lincoln" since the Confederate States' loss of the Civil War. By appealing to the anti-integration, states' rights and law-and-order sentiments of many Southerners of the time, Nixon was able to sway enough voters to the Republican ticket and win the election.Know More
A similar strategy had been attempted previously by Republican presidential candidate Barry Goldwater in 1964. As a result, Goldwater won the "Deep South" states of Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, South Carolina and Georgia. He was the first Republican candidate to win these states since the post-Civil War Reconstruction era. Goldwater's opposition to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, however, hurt his campaign elsewhere and he failed to win any other states except his home state, Arizona.
Four years later, Nixon's "Southern strategy" proved to be successful. Nixon was able to reassure Southern voters that he would be less aggressive in pursuing a civil rights agenda than the previous Democratic administration headed by President Lyndon B. Johnson. Nixon's campaign helped gain the support of the Southern states through his opposition to school busing, judicial activism and by remarking that the South should not be treated "as a whipping boy."Learn more about US History
Richard Milhous Nixon was the 37th President of the United States and also served as Vice President under Dwight D. Eisenhower. During his presidency, he opened relations with the People's Republic of China, and during his second term he negotiated an end to hostilities in the Vietnam War. Richard Nixon's presidency is notable for being the only one to end with the resignation of the president.Full Answer >
John F. Kennedy's opponent in the 1960 presidential election was Richard Nixon. In the Democratic primaries, Kennedy faced a number of candidates, of whom the most formidable were Lyndon B. Johnson, Hubert Humphrey and Stuart Symington.Full Answer >
People associated with Richard Nixon's 1972 re-election campaign broke into the Democratic National Committee headquarters in the Watergate building in order to obtain copies of the opposition's documents and plant microphones in their offices. According to History.com, the original May 1972 break-in was not successful in installing working wiretaps, and the burglars were caught during their second attempt the following month.Full Answer >
Throughout the 17th century, there were slaves found in every colony of what is now the United States. The Southern colonies held the most slaves due to the economic situation of the period that was based upon agriculture. Until the industrial revolution in the 19th century, the southern colonies relied on the cash crops of tobacco, cotton, corn and rice.Full Answer >