The Presidency: In Praise of Youth

For a week they had been flocking to Billy Graham's East Tennessee crusade. Each night some 55,000 gathered in the University of Tennessee's Neyland Stadium for the Graham style of neo-tent meeting—compounded of smooth efficiency, earnest prayer and the preacher's intimations of apocalypse. Graham warned, as he had before, that the Second Coming was at hand: "Jesus said that there will be a generation in history whose problems are so great there is no human solution. God has to step into history."

On the seventh day of the crusade, Richard Nixon made an...

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