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Series I: Speeches


Content Description

From the Collection:

During the election campaign of 1968, presidential candidate Richard Nixon gave a speech titled "The American Spirit" at the Great Hall in the Wren Building of the College of William & Mary. Nixon emphasizes Williamsburg's patriotic and historical character, and argues that the American Spirit is demanding a spirit of change. This change, Nixon argues, concerns a change that demands the return of personal freedom and individuality. With the rise of welfare programs, Nixon argues that collective freedom has been prioritized over individual freedom. To fit the welfare program into the American system, state government power must be prioritized over national government power.


  • Creation: October 2, 1968

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From the Collection: 0.1 Linear Feet


From the Collection: English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository