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Evil Deeds in High PlacesChristian America's Moral Struggle with Watergate$
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David E. Settje

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781479803149

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479803149.001.0001

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A Presidential Election and Third-Rate Burglary

A Presidential Election and Third-Rate Burglary

(p.27) 1 A Presidential Election and Third-Rate Burglary
Evil Deeds in High Places

David E. Settje

NYU Press

Chapter 1 details how Protestants reported throughout the summer and fall 1972 on the presidential election in a restrained way common to much of the twentieth century for Christians’ involvement in politics. Watergate barely touched the surface of public opinion, especially within Christian institutions. But the way Protestants characterized President Nixon predicted how they would respond to Watergate in the coming months, as they grew increasingly bolder in their claims. They already held strong opinions about the president, with both supporters and detractors. The lines between his benefactors and detractors had already been drawn in 1972.

Keywords:   1972 election, presidential election, President Nixon, Christians, politics, Watergate

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