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37th Richard Nixon 1969-1974 Republican

  • Signed the Voting Rights Act of 1970 that extended the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that prohibits racial discrimination in voting
  • Signed the title 9 amendment which banned gender discrimination in higher education.
  • 1971 Nixon started the war on Drugs. “The Nixon campaign in 1968 and the Nixon White House after that had two enemies: the anti-war left and black people,” Ehrlichman told journalist Dan Baum in 1994.
  • Nixon opposed busing personally but enforced court orders requiring its use.
  • Insured the desegregation of schools happened peacefully
  • Said he would be tough on crime which was coded language that he would be tough on civil rights protest
  • Nixon implemented the Philadelphia Plan in 1970—the first significant federal affirmative action program.
  • He also pushed for African American civil rights and economic equity through a concept known as black capitalism

Nixon was a President that can be summed up as doing liberal deeds but having conservative words. He was a president that both the left and the right are not particularly fond of because he tried to play the middle on most issues.

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