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President Richard Nixon address

Identifier: UA 403

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Content Description

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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Biographical / Historical

Richard M. Nixon was the president of the United States from 1969 to 1974. Nixon was a Republican who also served as a representative and senator from California and as President Dwight D. Eisenhower's vice president.


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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Joseph and Pamela Daragan

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President Richard Nixon address
William and Mary Special Collections and Research Center Staff
October 2022
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