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The Nixon Administration Essay

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All throughout history from Greece to modern day, tragic heroes have existed, not only in literature, but in real life as well. President Richard Nixon meets the criteria of a tragic hero. During his presidency, Nixon exhibited goodness and had high standing before his fatal mistake that led to his downfall.
When people think about President Richard Nixon, they immediately associate him with the Watergate scandal, but actually “…his pre-Watergate record is a lot better than most [people] realize…” (DeGregorio 600). Nixon and his administration stepped up and exhibited goodness during his first term and part of his second term. They reduced U.S involvement in Vietnam War and brought home 518,000 soldiers from 1969 to 1972. They even made deals to get the POW’s in North Vietnam out and home (DeGregorio 595). Nixon’s administration formed the Environmental Protection Agency to enforce clean air and water laws. Nixon also signed all the Civil Rights Acts passed by Congress (DeGregorio 597). The Civil Rights Acts desegregated schools and by 1972, 90% of schools were desegregated (The Richard M. Nixon Administrations). This really helped improve the educational opportunities for black children. Nixon also started a revenue sharing program in which the federal government gave billions of dollars of taxes back to the state and local governments (DeGregorio 596). This helped local governments because they could spend the money on the things that their communities needed the most. Nixon’s specialty was foreign affairs and he visited both communist China and Soviet Union. He was the first president to go to China and he helped open up Chinese-American relationships and settle differences with the Chinese (The Richard M. Nixon Administration). This visit helped pave the way for the strong economic ties that China and the United States have today. Nixon proved his goodness through all his helpful and smart acts.
Although Nixon grew up in poverty, he worked hard and became respected, and he had high standing with the people of the U.S (Richard Milhous Nixon). Before his presidency, he was a Lieutenant Commander in the Navy during World War II. He was respected there and according to the Vice- Admiral Norton, "was meritorious and always had efficient performances" (DeGregorio 585). After leaving the navy he moved back to California, where he grew up, and involved himself in politics. From 1947-1950 he was the U.S Representative for California's 12th congressional district. The people loved him and respected him, so when he ran for representative, he upset a 5-term Democrat by almost 16,000 votes (DeGregorio 585). From U.S Representative, he ran for Senate and again beat a Democrat by a landslide. He was a U.S Senator from 1951-1953. Because of his performances in government and respected demeanor, he caught the attention of Dwight Eisenhower, who wanted Nixon to be his vice president (DeGregorio 586). He was vice president from 1953 to 1961, and then he...

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