Watergate ab

Part A
Dr. King’s 1963 March on Washington was the largest civil rights protest in American history. It helped drive change. This included the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Jim Crow laws were dismantled in the South. Voter registration increased during the Freedom Summer of 1964. In 1965, Johnson outlawed discriminatory voting practices by signing the Voting Rights Act. Three years later, and just a few days after the assassination of Dr. King, Johnson signed the Fair Housing Act. This act banned discrimination in housing. It also increased protection of Native American rights.
Watch this video to learn more about these key acts. As you can imagine, these acts have impacted people of many different groups—race, sex, national origin, religion, and more.

Choose one of these acts:Civil Rights Act of 1964Voting Rights Act of 1965Fair Housing Act of 1968
Then, respond to the following questions:
How has the act you chose impacted your neighborhood, town, or workplace? What progress do you hope to see in the future?
Part B
Overtime Americans have lost trust in government. In 1958, in the era of Eisenhower and Kennedy, about 75% of Americans trusted the federal government to do the right thing most of the time. By 2019, that number among Republicans had dropped to 21%. It also dropped among Democrats to 14% (Rainie & Perrin, 2019).
The 1970’s were a time when trust in government was falling. Vietnam divided the country. In 1974, Richard Nixon became the first American president to resign the office. The Watergate story revealed widespread corruption in his administration.
Watch this video summary of the Watergate scandal. Nixon was facing impeachment and removal from office. He instead chose to step down. Since then public trust in government has continued to drop. This is especially true for the executive and legislative branches. Watch this video that examines trust in government since 1958.

Do Americans trust their government? – BBC News
Do Americans trust their government? – BBC News
Think about the impact of Watergate and Vietnam on public trust in institutions such as government. Choose ONE event that is discussed in the video and answer the following questions:
Why do think this event had the impact it did on public trust in public institutions like the government?How might trust in public institutions, especially government, be regained?

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