The Seventies – Ep 2 Sneak Peek
In many ways the decade of the 1970s was just as dramatic as the 1960s. America lost its first war, endured two energy crises, and a President resigned following an unprecedented political scandal. Television tackled once taboo subjects. Popular music enjoyed a multi-genre explosion, and there was a sexual revolution. Serial murder and other violent crime kept the nation on edge, and bombing, hijacking and the taking of hostages introduced the world to the modern face of terrorism.
The Seventies examines the individuals and events that influenced and shaped a decade that had as profound an impact on America as its famous predecessor.
The United States V. Nixon
A “third rate burglary” leads to the only presidential resignation in American history.
1972 began with the triumph of President Nixon’s trip to Communist China and concluded with his landslide electoral victory over Sen. George McGovern. But sandwiched in between these historic events was a so-called “third rate burglary” at a Washington office complex known as the Watergate, that led to the only presidential resignation in American history.
This episode will guide us through the maze of break – ins, political dirty tricks and attempted cover-ups as well as the various investigations both in the press and by the government. And at the center of it all was perhaps the most enigmatic figure in American history, Richard Nixon.