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Tom Eamon

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781469606972

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9781469606989_eamon

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Transition in the Shadow of Watergate

Transition in the Shadow of Watergate

(p.157) Chapter Seven Transition in the Shadow of Watergate
The Making of a Southern Democracy

Tom Eamon

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter talks about the 1972 campaign shenanigans and how they first entered the public consciousness after operatives from President Richard Nixon's campaign conducted a “thirdrate burglary” on the Democratic offices in Washington's Watergate complex. After Nixon sailed on to victory in the 1972 general election, media scrutiny of Watergate set off a chain of events leading to the appointment of a special U.S. Senate committee to investigate alleged abuses. To chair the panel, the Democratic Senate leadership tapped North Carolina's Sam J. Ervin Jr., a conservative Democrat respected for his high ethical standards and erudition on legal matters. The conspicuously folksy and homespun Ervin achieved fame when the investigation uncovered the extent of the abuses by the Committee to Re-Elect the President and Nixon's attempts to hide the truth. Facing impeachment and certain removal from office, Nixon resigned in August 1974.

Keywords:   1972 campaign shenanigans, public consciousness, President Richard Nixon, burglary, Democratic offices, Watergate, Sam J. Ervin Jr.,

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