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Nixon in Political Cartoons

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Civics +1 Age Levels Middle School (13 to 15 years old), High School (16 to 18 years old)

This collection includes nine political cartoons about Richard Nixon's presidency and the Watergate scandal, as well as a cartoon analysis worksheet from the National Archives and Record Administration and a link to more cartoons about Nixon at the Library of Congress.

Teachers may use this collection in many ways: by assigning individual students or groups cartoons to analyze and share with the class via presentations, using the "jigsaw" format to create expert groups on each cartoon and then share information that way, or by creating a gallery walk of cartoons for students to work on individually. Students might even create their own political cartoon about the Nixon presidency, focusing on one of several topics: Watergate, ping-pong diplomacy, detente, visit to Moscow, environmental protections, the "southern strategy," busing, his relationship with the press, Vietnam, and more.

I Have Returned

National Portrait Gallery

Nixon Rides the Waves

National Portrait Gallery

Low Profile?

National Portrait Gallery

Richard Nixon (with Ronald Ziegler)

National Portrait Gallery

Testing Detente

National Portrait Gallery

Shopping for a Special Prosecutor

National Portrait Gallery

The Watergate Bug

National Portrait Gallery

Watergate Breaks Wide Open

National Portrait Gallery

Nixon on Horseback

National Portrait Gallery