U.S. v. Nixon (1974) -iCivics

Grade
6-9
9-12
Lesson Duration

From iCivics’ Landmark Library

Students will:

  • Describe basic events surrounding the Watergate break-in.
  • Explain the president’s privilege of confidentiality.
  • Identify the main arguments put forth in the case.
  • Describe the Supreme Court’s reasons for requiring Nixon to turn over his tapes.
  • Identify the tension between the president’s privilege and the needs of the criminal justice system.
  • Recognize that the president is not above the law.
  • Evaluate a president’s need for confidential communications.

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Source

https://www.icivics.org/curriculum/landmark-library

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