Watergate: Scandal in the White House

Watergate: Scandal in the White House

by Dale Anderson
     
 

Early on June 17, 1972, police arrested five burglars in the Democratic Party headquarters in the Watergate office complex. Newspapers soon revealed that one of the burglars worked for the President Richard Nixon's re-election organization. The president's aides moved to cover up their involvement in the break-in and distance the president from the crime.

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Overview

Early on June 17, 1972, police arrested five burglars in the Democratic Party headquarters in the Watergate office complex. Newspapers soon revealed that one of the burglars worked for the President Richard Nixon's re-election organization. The president's aides moved to cover up their involvement in the break-in and distance the president from the crime. Eventually, the courts, Congress, and reporters unraveled the truth. After being found to have committed crimes, Nixon resigned as president of the United States.

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Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
The "Snapshots in History" series aims to acquaint middle readers with some significant historic events of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Its authors face a challenge: how to make the narrative interesting to students who may be lacking the background in history and politics that would help them fill in gaps left by compressing complex stories into eight short chapters. Though aided by photographs, sidebars, and quotations, this volume is a case in point. The coverage of Watergate begins with a dramatic account of the break-in, and then proceeds to review Nixon's career from his election as Representative from California through his two terms as President. Three chapters detail the developing story of the aborted attempt to photograph documents at Democratic headquarters, introducing the many characters involved in the cover-up; fortunately, a chart helps confused readers keep the cast straight. After Nixon's election to a second term, a trial led to a further investigation, examination of Nixon's White House tapes, and the appointment of a special prosecutor. Readers may find this abundance of information more than they really want to know, but if they persist they will learn about the crimes committed and Nixon's resignation. The author concludes that the scandal caused Americans to distrust their government and weaken the presidency, while a new law about campaign financing led to other abuses, reminding us that Americans "must always be on the lookout for abuses of power, because they are likely to occur again." Included are a timeline, a bibliography, a glossary, and source notes.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756520106
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
09/01/2006
Series:
Mighty Machines Series
Pages:
24
Product dimensions:
6.34(w) x 9.18(h) x 0.51(d)
Lexile:
1030L (what's this?)
Age Range:
11 - 13 Years

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