Meanwhile, the Cold War continued to shape American foreign and domestic policy. America’s involvement in Vietnam escalated. Many Americans wondered whether there was an actual end goal to the deadly and costly effort. Even those who once supported the war started to feel disillusioned.
By 1974, Americans were glued to their televisions as President Richard Nixon, the leader of the so-called free world, was facing possible impeachment. Barbara Jordan, a young Black Congresswoman from Texas, spoke out during the proceedings. When she demanded that Americans look closely at the Constitution, she was talking about more than Watergate. She was acknowledging that America was in danger of abandoning the ideals upon which it was founded. And she was questioning the role that she—a Black woman—would be allowed to play in the years to come.