Richard Nixon was one of the best known politicians in 20th Century American history. A native of California, Nixon was born to a poor family in Yorba Linda. He graduated from Whittier College and received a full scholarship to law school at Duke University. However, his real interest was politics. A fast riser in the Republican Party, Richard Nixon was elected to the House of Representatives in 1946, and the U.S. Senate in 1950. He became nationally known as a staunch anti-communist and an influential member of HUAC (House of Un-American Activities Committee), and that led to his nomination as Dwight Eisenhower’s running mate for the 1952 Presidential Election. Nixon served eight years as Eisenhower’s vice-president, and in 1960, he lost a close election to John Kennedy. In 1962, Nixon suffered another unsuccessful campaign for the governorship of California, and he retired from political life altogether. However, during the turbulent 1960s, Nixon saw an opportunity to re-enter national politics, and he was able to defeat Hubert Humphrey in the Presidential Election of 1968. Nixon was a bright and talented politician, especially in foreign policy, yet he also suffered from many insecurities. Watergate brought an end to both his presidency and political life. The focus of the seminar will be on the on the rise and fall of Richard M. Nixon.
Recommended Reading: Richard Nixon: The Life, by John Farrell. ISBN: 978-0385537353
Tim Crain received a Ph.D. in modern Europe, modern British and Irish, and modern Jewish history at Arizona State University, after earning his B.A. and M.A. from Marquette University. Crain taught for fifteen years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Marquette University. He left UW-Madison after accepting a position at Seton Hill University where he was a professor and director of the National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education. Crain is a recipient of numerous teaching and professional awards, and in 2015, he received Marquette University's Alumni Award for Leadership Excellence. A noted public speaker, Crain delivers over one hundred lectures nationally each year. He has instructed over 25 seminars at Bjӧrklunden, and Tim and his family always look forward to their time there each year.