Throw the Bum Out! 1973-74
President Richard Nixon had been the target of demonstrations since his first election in 1968 over the Vietnam War and other foreign policy, civil rights, labor and poverty issues.

While he was overwhelmingly re-elected in 1972, the revelations that his administration spied on opposition groups, including the Democratic Party eroded his support. When evidence began emerging that he was personally responsible for covering up the spying, his support evaporated.

An "impeach Nixon" demonstration was held April 27, 1974 in Washington, DC that drew about 10,000 participants.

Most of the photos in this set are of an "Anti-Imperialist" contingent that numbered about 3,000.
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The anti-imperialist contingent was mainly organized by the Revolutionary Union (RU). The RU popularized the "battle cry" of "Throw the Bum Out." Several groups that exist today trace their roots to the RU, including the Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP) and the two Freedom Road Socialist Organizations (FRSO).

After the main rally, this contingent marched to the Justice Department and held a rally where a brief confrontation with police ensued (not shown).

Nixon resigned August 9, 1974.

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