On This Day: President Ford Pardon of Richard Nixon

Was Gerald Ford's pardon of Richard Nixon an attempt to move the country forward or the final corruption of the Watergate scandal? A collection of videos includes Ford's speech to the nation, as well as interviews with Watergate prosecutors, journalists, and historians. Clips offer a great way to stimulate debate and discussion on whether Ford should have pardoned the scandal-ridden president.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Use Ford's speech to the nation to discuss whether he should have pardoned Nixon
  • After viewing the various perspectives on the pardon, conduct a four-corners debate on whether the pardon was the right decision
Classroom Considerations
  • Videos require a free C-SPAN Classroom account, or teachers may use of the following login credentials: Username: students, Password: C-SPANCLASSROOM
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
Pros
  • Resource includes a variety of primary sources, firsthand accounts, and historians
  • Clips are well-curated and easy to use in instruction
Cons
  • None