Gone with the Wind
Gone With The Wind’s Movie Premiere

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Gone with the Wind is a film from 1939 based on Margaret Mitchell’s Pulitzer-winning 1936 novel of the same name. Set in the 19th-century American South, the film tells the story of Scarlett O’Hara, the strong-willed daughter of a Georgia plantation owner, from her romantic pursuit of Ashley Wilkes, who … Continue reading

Richard Nixon
Asking President Nixon to Resign

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Edward Brooke, former Massachusetts senator during Richard Nixon’s administration, discusses how he became the first republican to openly ask President Nixon to resign on November 4, 1973, shortly after the Watergate Scandal. According to Brooke, Nixon had lost the confidence of the American people, and because of that he should … Continue reading

Ronald Reagan
Ronald Reagan Steps Into The Political Spotlight

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On October 27, 1964, Ronald Reagan gave a speech in support of Republican Presidential candidate Barry Goldwater that launched Reagan’s political career. The speech became known as “A Time for Choosing.” This video shows a clip from the speech in which Reagan discusses the Democrat’s attitude towards the Soviet Union, … Continue reading

Mister Rogers Defends PBS

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In 1969, beloved children’s television personality Mister Rogers testified before the United States Senate Subcommittee on Communications. At the time, President Nixon had proposed funding cuts to the Public Broadcasting Service, which had originally been given a $20 million grant by President Lyndon Johnson. In his testimony, Rogers says: “I … Continue reading

John F. Kennedy
Televised Presidential Debate Between JFK & Nixon

Televised Presidential Debate Between JFK & Nixon

On September 26, 1960, John F. Kennedy–a young senator from Massachusetts at the time–and Vice President Richard Nixon squared off in a hour-long debate–the first-ever televised presidential debate. While Kennedy looked confident, healthy and dapper; Nixon seemed sickly and underweight from a recent hospitalization. Approximately 74 million viewers noticed the … Continue reading

Chicago Seven
Background on the Trial of the Chicago Seven

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“The whole world is watching!” The 1968 Democratic National Convention was held in Chicago, Illinois. Both before and during the convention, rallies and marches were held primarily in protest of President Lyndon B. Johnson and his Vietnam War policies.  On the fourth day of the convention, demonstrators held the only … Continue reading

Richard Nixon
Nixon’s ‘Checkers’ Speech in 1952

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On September 23, 1952, Richard Nixon, a California senator at the time, went on air to defend himself against accusations of an established fund–created by his backers–that would reimburse him for his political expenses. He says, “Not one cent of the 18 thousand dollars or any other money of that … Continue reading

Billie Jean King
Billie Jean King vs. Bobby Riggs: Battle of the Sexes

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Billie Jean King talks about being a female professional tennis player in the early 1970s. She discusses the famous 1973 tennis match called the Battle of the Sexes in in Houston, Texas where she beat her male opponent, Bobby Riggs: “By beating him, people started to change their hearts and … Continue reading