"And so tonight to you, the great ________ of my fellow Americans - I ask for your support," stated president Richard Nixon in his famous 1969 speech. The group he was referring to were those who did not protest the Vietnam war or participate in the counterculture of the 1960s and 1970s. What term did Nixon use to describe them?
Answer Silent Majority
The Silent Majority was a group of Americans who had previously kept their opinions about the Vietnam War and other cultural changes during that time to themselves. Nixon thought this group was being overshadowed while minority groups marched for their civil rights against the war, out loud, in public, and in the news. (The vocal minority challenged Nixon and mainstream concepts of equality and normalcy).