The 1970s were a turbulent time, and the American government was shook by numerous scandals. The most famous and influential one was the infamous Watergate scandal, which toppled a presidency and caused major political change. This scandal had such a major impact on American culture that to this day scandals are often described with the suffix "-gate," taken from "Watergate." But what really happened during this world-changing event?


1. Setting the Scene

In the summer of 1972, Richard Nixon's first term as the president of the United States was winding to a close. He was running a fierce re-election campaign against Democrat George McGovern, who had considerable political support. This was in the midst of the U.S.'s involvement in the Vietnam War, which had caused deep rifts in society. Nixon's victory was far from assured.

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