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Shocking the ConscienceA Reporter's Account of the Civil Rights Movement$
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Simeon Booker and Carol McCabe Booker

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781617037894

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617037894.001.0001

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A Familiar Face

A Familiar Face

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Shocking the Conscience

Simeon Booker

University Press of Mississippi

On January 20, 1969, almost a year after Martin Luther King Jr. was buried, Richard Nixon became the thirty-seventh president of the United States. Nixon won the election despite the lack of support from most white and black voters. Aware of the blacks’ animosity towards him, Nixon made several moves to appease them, such as appointing blacks in key government positions. Three of them were Robert J. Brown, Arthur Fletcher, and Constance Berry Newman. In this chapter the author narrates his coverage of the blacks’ civil rights struggle under the Nixon administration, the death of National Urban League Director Whitney M. Young in Lagos, his conversation with Associate Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas, the Central Intelligence Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s practice of opening the mail of numerous persons and wiretapping conversations, and the Watergate scandal that led to Nixon’s resignation.

Keywords:   civil rights, Richard Nixon, blacks, Jet, Whitney M. Young, William O. Douglas, Central Intelligence Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation, wiretapping, Watergate scandal

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