Sunday, June 28, 2009

New Releases of Nixon Documents

I love the librarians who work in the Nixon archives. Quietly, behind the scenes, they review documents that have been withheld from public view for specious reasons, and release them at regular intervals. There are few revelations that come with the release of these documents. But they are instructive for two reasons. First, they shed light on what Nixon officials wanted to keep from public view. Second, they often confirm suspicions, prove what had previously been speculative, and add to our understanding of the President whose divisive politics helped inaugurate 40 years of unproductive culture wars in this country (it's my view that Obama has ushered in a new era, for better and worse).

That said, the Nixon Archives released a new set of documents on June 23, 2009. Here is the link to some of those documents. I will be discussing them individually in the weeks to come.

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