Politics

"Just Plain Dick: Richard Nixon's Checkers Speech and the 'Rocking, Shocking' Election of 1952"

Kevin Mattson

About the Program

Kevin Mattson, contemporary history professor at Ohio University, recounts the presidential election of 1952 and Richard Nixon’s “Checkers” speech delivered on national television on September 23, 1952.  The speech was given in response to allegations that Nixon misused political donations.  The author recounts Nixon’s usage of his family dog, Checkers, to denote his everyman status and save his vice presidential nomination.  Kevin Mattson speaks at Politics & Prose Bookstore in Washington, D.C.

About the Authors

Kevin Mattson

Kevin Mattson is the author of several books, including "What the Heck Are You Up To, Mr. President?:" Jimmy Carter, America's 'Malaise,' and the Speech That Should Have Changed the Country.  Mr. Mattson is a contemporary history professor at Ohio University. 


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"Just Plain Dick: Richard Nixon's Checkers Speech and the 'Rocking, Shocking' Election of 1952"

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