Education: Those Bedeviled Blue Devils

Duke University decides to okay a library for Nixon's papers

The 19th century English historian Sir John Seeley once noted that "history is past politics, and politics present history." For a while last week in Durham, N.C., Richard Nixon's past politics threatened to deprive Duke's historians of a disquieting repository from the past.

In 1937 Nixon, a determined and solitary young man nicknamed Gloomy Gus by his classmates, graduated third in his class from Duke Law School. He was never Duke's most popular alumnus on campus; in 1954, when he was Vice President of the...

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