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Around the World with First Lady Pat Nixon

Mapping History

All documents and text associated with this activity are printed below, followed by a worksheet for student responses.

Introduction

Did you know that Pat Nixon represented the United States in more countries than any other First Lady before her? Examine the photographs – and be sure to read the descriptions! – to match some of her most famous trips with the country on the world map.


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Worksheet

Around the World with First Lady Pat Nixon

Mapping History

Examine the documents and text included in this activity. Consider how each document or piece of text relates to the image shown below. Write the corresponding document or text number on the image where you think it belongs. (Some may be placed for you already.) Write your conclusion response in the space provided.




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First Lady Pat Nixon, Monrovia, Liberia

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Richard M. Nixon at the Vatican meeting with Pope Paul VI

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Richard M. Nixon at the wailing wall in Jerusalem

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President and Mrs. Nixon with Mr. and Mrs. Anwar Sadat at the site of the great pyramids at Giza.

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The First Lady poses with some villagers in Ireland

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Mrs. Nixon attends a ceremony in Ghana

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President and Mrs. Nixon's arrival in Peking, China. Nixon reviewing troops at the airport.

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Conclusion

Around the World with First Lady Pat Nixon

Mapping History

What makes a First Lady (or a First Man!) a good diplomat? How do their international visits differ from the President's? Do you think Mrs. Nixon played an important role in foreign affairs?

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First Lady Pat Nixon with her Irish Cousins in Thomastown, Hollymount, County Mayo, Ireland

10/4/1970

This photograph shows Pat Nixon with her Irish Cousins in Thomastown, Hollymount, County Mayo, Ireland. It was taken during the Nixons' trip to Europe in 1970.
This primary source comes from the Collection RN-WHPO: White House Photo Office Collection (Nixon Administration).
National Archives Identifier: 194334
Full Citation: Photograph NLRN-WHPO-C4666-16A; First Lady Pat Nixon with her Irish Cousins in Thomastown, Hollymount, County Mayo, Ireland; 10/4/1970; Nixon White House Photographs, 1/20/1969 - 8/9/1974; Collection RN-WHPO: White House Photo Office Collection (Nixon Administration), ; Richard Nixon Library, Yorba Linda, CA. [Online Version, https://www.docsteach.org/documents/document/pat-nixon-ireland, December 8, 2019]


First Lady Pat Nixon with her Irish Cousins in Thomastown, Hollymount, County Mayo, Ireland

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First Lady Pat Nixon, Monrovia, Liberia

1/4/1972

The original caption for this photograph reads: Mrs. Nixon attends National Cultural Center performance. Seen wearing traditional dress and turban near female dancers. Executive Mansion garden, Monrovia, Liberia. 1/4/1972. Photo taken by White House Photo Office photographer Jack Kightlinger.
This primary source comes from the Collection RN-WHPO: White House Photo Office Collection (Nixon Administration).
National Archives Identifier: 5730816
Full Citation: Photograph 8234-17A; First Lady Pat Nixon, Monrovia, Liberia; 1/4/1972; Nixon White House Photographs, 1/20/1969 - 8/9/1974; Collection RN-WHPO: White House Photo Office Collection (Nixon Administration), ; Richard Nixon Library, Yorba Linda, CA. [Online Version, https://www.docsteach.org/documents/document/pat-nixon-monrovia, December 8, 2019]


First Lady Pat Nixon, Monrovia, Liberia

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Mrs. Nixon Attends a Ceremony in Ghana

1/6/1972

Mrs. Nixon is shown with United Nations delegate Shirley Temple-Black and Chief Nana Osae Djan II, Ohene of Abuir and Adontenhene of Akwapim, in the Aburi Botanical Gardens, Aburi, Ghana.
This primary source comes from the Collection RN-WHPO: White House Photo Office Collection (Nixon Administration).
National Archives Identifier: 194403
Full Citation: Photograph NLRN-WHPO-C8242-09A; Mrs. Nixon Attends a Ceremony in Ghana; 1/6/1972; Nixon White House Photographs, 1/20/1969 - 8/9/1974; Collection RN-WHPO: White House Photo Office Collection (Nixon Administration), ; Richard Nixon Library, Yorba Linda, CA. [Online Version, https://www.docsteach.org/documents/document/pat-nixon-ghana, December 8, 2019]


Mrs. Nixon Attends a Ceremony in Ghana

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President and Mrs. Nixon with Mr. and Mrs. Anwar Sadat at the Site of the Great Pyramids at Giza

6/12/1974

This photograph shows Anwar Sadat, Richard M. Nixon, Pat Nixon, and Mrs. Sadat at the site of the Great Pyramids at Giza during the Nixons' 1974 trip to the Middle East.
This primary source comes from the Collection RN-WHPO: White House Photo Office Collection (Nixon Administration).
National Archives Identifier: 194581
Full Citation: Photograph NLRN-WHPO-E2945C-15; President and Mrs. Nixon with Mr. and Mrs. Anwar Sadat at the Site of the Great Pyramids at Giza; 6/12/1974; Nixon White House Photographs, 1/20/1969 - 8/9/1974; Collection RN-WHPO: White House Photo Office Collection (Nixon Administration), ; Richard Nixon Library, Yorba Linda, CA. [Online Version, https://www.docsteach.org/documents/document/nixons-giza, December 8, 2019]


President and Mrs. Nixon with Mr. and Mrs. Anwar Sadat at the Site of the Great Pyramids at Giza

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President and Mrs. Nixon's arrival in Peking, China. Nixon reviewing troops at the airport.

2/21/1972

This photograph shows President and Mrs. Nixon's Arrival in Peking, China. Pictured are First Lady Pat Nixon, President Richard M. Nixon, Premier Chou En-Lai, troops, and others.
This primary source comes from the Collection RN-WHPO: White House Photo Office Collection (Nixon Administration).
National Archives Identifier: 194414
Full Citation: Photograph NLRN-WHPO-C8501-09A; President and Mrs. Nixon's arrival in Peking, China. Nixon reviewing troops at the airport.; 2/21/1972; Nixon White House Photographs, 1/20/1969 - 8/9/1974; Collection RN-WHPO: White House Photo Office Collection (Nixon Administration), ; Richard Nixon Library, Yorba Linda, CA. [Online Version, https://www.docsteach.org/documents/document/nixon-reviewing-troops, December 8, 2019]


President and Mrs. Nixon's arrival in Peking, China. Nixon reviewing troops at the airport.

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Richard M. Nixon at the Vatican Meeting with Pope Paul VI

9/29/1970

This photograph shows President Richard M. Nixon, Pope Paul VI, First Lady Pat Nixon, and others at the Vatican.
This primary source comes from the Collection RN-WHPO: White House Photo Office Collection (Nixon Administration).
National Archives Identifier: 194331
Full Citation: Richard M. Nixon at the Vatican Meeting with Pope Paul VI; 9/29/1970; Nixon White House Photographs, 1/20/1969 - 8/9/1974; Collection RN-WHPO: White House Photo Office Collection (Nixon Administration), ; Richard Nixon Library, Yorba Linda, CA. [Online Version, https://www.docsteach.org/documents/document/nixon-vatican, December 8, 2019]


Richard M. Nixon at the Vatican Meeting with Pope Paul VI

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Richard M. Nixon at the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem

6/17/1974

This photograph shows First Lady Pat Nixon, President Richard M. Nixon, and others in Jerusalem during the Nixons' trip to the Middle East in 1974.
This primary source comes from the Collection RN-WHPO: White House Photo Office Collection (Nixon Administration).
National Archives Identifier: 194587
Full Citation: Photograph NLRN-WHPO-E3077-26; Richard M. Nixon at the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem; 6/17/1974; Nixon White House Photographs, 1/20/1969 - 8/9/1974; Collection RN-WHPO: White House Photo Office Collection (Nixon Administration), ; Richard Nixon Library, Yorba Linda, CA. [Online Version, https://www.docsteach.org/documents/document/nixon-wailing-wall, December 8, 2019]


Richard M. Nixon at the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem

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