Watergate and its climax last week may have been America's most traumatic political experience of this century. Such a shock to the political system can affect the nation for yearsperhaps adversely, perhaps beneficially. To measure the probable impact of those events, TIME asked leading scholars and observers of the national scene to analyze the legacy of Watergate. Historian Henry Steele Commager's essay on the lessons of crisis appears at the end of this issue. Other assessments follow.
"Hour and Man May Have Met"
Professor of history at Columbia University
The most significant events in history are not always immediately recognized...