Peer-Reviewed Journal Details
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Sarah J Thelen
2017
August
Journal Of American Studies
Mobilizing the Silent Majority: Nixon’s November 3, 1969 Address on Vietnam
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President Richard M. Nixon and his staff intended his 3 November 1969 Address to the Nation on Vietnam to counteract the growing strength of the antiwar movement. Its appeal to a “Silent Majority” of Americans inspired an impressive outpouring of support, but this response owed as much to White House planning as to public opinion. Drawing on internal White House documents, this article traces administration efforts to secure this response and, then, to claim and promote this new Silent Majority. It demonstrates that White House public-opinion campaigns were designed to maximize control, and not necessarily to change attitudes.
https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/journal-of-american-studies/article/mobilizing-a-majority-nixons-silent-majority-speech-and-the-domestic-debate-over-vietnam/1C5CB5496FCE7D7F3F195191FEF7F23E/share/0f5930d6503c9c695b02df3c93b6f940c122e9ee
https://doi.org/10.1017/S0021875816001936
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