Richard Nixon and American Politics: A Troubled Legacy

Southern Methodist University

Jeffrey Engel is the founding director of the Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University. He has taught at Yale University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Haverford College, and taught history and public policy at Texas A&M University. He has authored/edited thirteen books on American foreign policy, most recently, When the World Seemed New: George H. Bush and the Surprisingly Peaceful End of the Cold War.



Richard Nixon’s Controversial Legacy

Richard Nixon was controversial. Very controversial.  At the heart of American politics for decades, he remains our only president to have resigned from the position.  He was also influential; indeed, a political savant.  Nixon’s campaign strategies, from his initial run for Congress in 1946, through to his landslide electoral college victory in 1972, offered blueprints other candidates would follow. His strategies highlighted trends in American society that would come to shape and define the political universe we still inhabit today.  We live, it is no exaggeration to say, in the political world Richard Nixon forged.  In other words, to understand today, we must understand and explore the triumphs and tragedies of this iconic American leader.

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Gloria Andersen

Dr. Engel knows Presidential History

It is a pleasure to listen to Dr. Engel’s classes, whether he is reminding me of the roots of the “law and order” phrase, or introducing you to a new way of approaching an issue. I am looking forward to listenning to him again.

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