Richard Nixon was one of the best known politicians in 20th Century American history.
A native of California, Nixon was born to a poor family in Yorba Linda. He graduated from
Whittier College and received a full scholarship to law school at Duke University. However, his
real interest was politics. A fast riser in the Republican Party, Richard Nixon was elected to the
House of Representatives in 1946, and the U.S. Senate in 1950. He became nationally known as a
staunch anti-communist and an influential member of HUAC (House of Un-American Activities
Committee), and that led to his nomination as Dwight Eisenhower’s running mate for the 1952
Presidential Election. Nixon served eight years as Eisenhower’s vice-president, and in 1960, he
lost a close election to John Kennedy. In 1962, Nixon suffered another unsuccessful campaign for
the governorship of California, and he retired from political life altogether. However, during the
turbulent 1960s, Nixon saw an opportunity to re-enter national politics, and he was able to defeat
Hubert Humphrey in the Presidential Election of 1968. Nixon was a bright and talented politician,
especially in foreign policy, yet he also suffered from many insecurities. Watergate brought an end to
both his presidency and political life. The focus of the seminar will be on the on the rise and fall of
Richard M. Nixon.

Tim Crain received a Ph.D. in modern Europe and modern Jewish history at Arizona State University
after earning a B.A. and M.A. from Marquette University. His areas of specialization include modern Jewish
history, modern Europe, and the modern Middle East. Crain taught for 15 years at Marquette University
and the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He is the former director of the National Catholic Center for
Holocaust Education at Seton Hill University, where he was also an assistant professor of history. He is now a
fundraising consultant for the non-profit industry. Crain has received numerous distinguished teaching awards
from Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin System, and in 2015, he received Marquette
University’s National Alumni Award for Leadership Excellence. He has instructed over 20 seminars at
Björklunden, and Tim and his family always look forward to their time there each summer.

Recommended Reading: Richard Nixon: The Life, by John Farrell. ISBN: 978-0385537353


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